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What Is the best bait for shark fishing from the beach?

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I’d like to try my hand at shark fishing. What bait should I use?

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  1. Thaddeus B on Dec 30, 2012 Reply

    Sharks find the bait by smell. The more smell a bait puts into the water, the more likely a shark will go for it. Which is why bleeding in the water is a bad idea when sharks are around.

    You’ve got the choice of either using live bait or pieces of dead bait. There’s something to recommend both of them.

    A big mullet filet is the bait I’ve seen used real effectively from the beach. But you can also use live mullet. Cut them a couple times in each side so that they bleed into the water. That’ll pull the sharks in too.

    Live whiting, live bluefish and live blue crabs make decent bait, too. Trying the mullet first (live or dead) is probably the best idea tin my opinion though. I prefer the mullet filet above all others, but your mileage may vary as they say.

    You can also use chum to attract sharks, though you shouldn’t use a chum line because it can be dangerous.

    If you’ve got the choice, put your bait in the channel between two sandbars. The water doesn’t need to much more than 5 feet deep where your bait is. Since it’s drawing the shark in by smell you don’t need to move it etc. Walk out to about waist deep, cast your bait, head back to shore and take in the slack and then wait for your shark. Enjoy the scenery and when you get a shark you’ll be in no doubt.

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  2. Dave on Dec 30, 2012 Reply

    Sharks are garbage cans and will eat just about anything. But there are a few things that sharks really go for. I would go for a nice fresh bloody bonita, jack crevalle, barracuda or sting ray.

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  3. Lance K. on Jan 07, 2013 Reply

    You can sometimes catch sharks near piers where a lot of fish are being cleaned. Basically, the other folks are creating a slick of mixed chum for you, which may well draw a shark or two in to investigate. I don’t know if that’s close enough to beach fishing for you, though.

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