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  • In two weeks I will be shark fishing in Melbourne, Fl. I will be fishing from the shore and I will be targeting around a 3-4 fo

    In two weeks I will be shark fishing in Melbourne, Fl. I will be fishing from the shore and I will be targeting around a 3-4 foot shark. This is my first time going for sharks. Any advice? And what bait should I use?

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    I am by no means an expert but I spent some time shark fishing in Florida last march. I was fishing from the pier. I didn't have tackle heavy enough to handle a shark over 10 or 12 pounds so what I'm telling you my not be as effective for bigger fish. I had my best luck with cut bait on a circle hook. Like redfish said a steel leader is a must. Most the sharks I was catching were between 2 and 3 feet. I kept a 1oz weight about a foot above my hook. I don't know how necessary the weight was but the tide was really ripping when I was fishing. I found the smaller sharks would try to tear a piece of the bait off opposed to swallowing it whole. For this reason I found it beneficial to use a circle hook. As far as catching cut bait goes. It's not hard, we caught a few blue fish on shrimp and saved them. One last thing, the bloodier the bait the better.

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      You can get a dozen shrimp to catch bait fish (e.g. whiting) and cut them in chunks for shark bait. I agree with redfisher on the Kahle hook. I use single strand wire leaders too so that they don't cut the line. I also use swivels because sharks will spin and you don't want them to kink the steel leader. If they sharks are going over 3 1/2 feet in length, I put a swivel ever two feet of leader because they will spin like crazy. I also agree with redfisher on there being many better eating fish to be catching while you are there. However if you like shark fishing, the lemon sharks and black tips are pretty good to eat.

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        I would suggest that you go 30 minutes south on A1A to Sebastian Inlet, you will find plenty of sharks there, but I agree why waste your time on them when there are plenty of taster fare available that put up a much better fight!

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