Growing up so close to the water, or shall I say practically on the water has given me such a love and respect for the ocean. As beautiful as the deep blue is, it is a dangerous place, and must be respected. One of the very first lessons I ever learned from my dad was to listen to the signs the ocean sends you. Understand the warnings, stay away from the rip currents, and never push your comfort zone. Most importantly, respect the wild life, and NEVER liter. Throw back the fish you wont eat/ need. Always abide by the rules and regulations in regard to amounts and types of fish you can catch and keep.
South Florida is a magical place. As a native Floridian, I love my hometown. I love being on the water, and I love a good thrill. It is quite easy to find sharks in South Florida, and it is a thrilling experience all adventure seekers thrive off of. We can recreate our very own shark week at any given time throughout the year. The warm waters are a breeding ground for the scary creature, and you can find them almost anywhere. Shark fishing can be a very long and rigorous process. My husband and father fought long and hard for 45-60 minutes to pull in their first shark. As you can imagine, they are STRONG & MEAN. They will take your bait faster than you can think to give your rod the first tug.
ITEMS YOU NEED TO PULL UP YOUR FIRST SHARK IN THE PALM BEACHES:
- STRONG MUSCLES
- 50 lb Mono fishing line tipped off with a wire leader, like this and this
- Heavy, Action Fishing Rod, like this
- Fresh & Bloody Fish (typically caught a few minutes prior and then cut in large horizontal chunks, see Bonita fish below)
5 STEPS THAT WILL GUARANTEE YOUR FIRST BITE:
- GET OUT EARLY!!! Watch the sunrise from the water! You wont regret it.
2. Catch your own bait! Save money and stay fresh! Target bloody fish such as Bonita for obvious reasons.
3. Cut your bait fish horizontally, and attach to your hook.
4. Be patient
5. Get those muscles ready, and prepare for a huge, and very long fight!
6. Pull her up, revel in the beauty of your first shark, CUT the line and carry on.
FINALLY, GO HOME, CLEAN THE BOAT, and enjoy another fresh catch! In this case, it was King Fish!
Have you gone shark fishing recreationally? What tips/tricks would you add?