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I have only caught an atlantic sharpnose so far, still thinking its too early, has anyone else caught a blacktip or have any intel on if any decent sharks are eating yet? I am debating on yaking out a bait this weekend and I do not know if I will be wasting my time or not.

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I personally saw two nice sharks hooked two weeks ago...in Oak Island. Both were Black Tips.
 

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Just curious, and had to ask... For those that shark fish on public beaches. Is it not strange or odd to purposely attract sharks to an area where swimmers are currently swimming? I realize the sharks come through on their own following bait, but to chum an area or fish large chunks some kind of fish/meat as bait just seems to draw them to where someone is swimming. In light of public opinion, could this not be counter productive?
 

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Good luck........let us know....I will be dedicating alot of time to Serious Shark fishing this summer...I want a Tiger.
 

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I also recommend alternative Web sites if u are serious about shark fishing....this is not the one...Ask Matt Anderson. :(
 

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This website has nothing against sharking, Matt got kicked for some other stuff had nothing to do with him catching sharks?


And to answer the original post, it's not too early. BUT I seriously would wait for a different weekend. People in general already do not like shark fishing on the beach, so doing it on the most crowded weekend isn't gonna be a good idea.
 

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I also recommend alternative Web sites if u are serious about shark fishing....this is not the one...Ask Matt Anderson. :(
What exactly is that supposed to mean? For
The record, Matt didn't get kicked off the site, Matt ASKED to be banned. You should make sure you have your facts straight before posting a derogative comment.
 

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Well shark fishing just doesn't seem to be favored well here....I love N.C. angler and all the members...but from now on I will keep Sharkin to myself.
 

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I didn't meant to kick an ant pile here! Sorry folks, I was just asking an honest question bout public perception. As a trapper, public perception is always at the forefront of my mind. As for getting a Tiger shark. The Aeolus is flat covered in them. Have at it.
 

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Just curious, and had to ask... For those that shark fish on public beaches. Is it not strange or odd to purposely attract sharks to an area where swimmers are currently swimming? I realize the sharks come through on their own following bait, but to chum an area or fish large chunks some kind of fish/meat as bait just seems to draw them to where someone is swimming. In light of public opinion, could this not be counter productive?
I dont chum for them, and rarely fish during the daytime swimming hours when you see most people on the beach. Ill arrive at around 3 and get my stuff ready, clear out a section and put up rods. By the time I start fishing there is hardly anyone in the water, and regardless most of my baits are well beyond the swimming area by at least several hundred yards usually. So if someone has an issue with me shark fishing they need to take it upon themselves to not be swimming around my bait thats 500 yards out there, especially if I was there first. Any sharks between the shore and my bait were going to be there anyways.

Im more concerned with the people in the water that arent paying attention to the current and are drifting down the beach into my lines and smaller fishing rods. Heavy braid will cut skin pretty good if you arent careful.
 

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I dont chum for them, and rarely fish during the daytime swimming hours when you see most people on the beach. Ill arrive at around 3 and get my stuff ready, clear out a section and put up rods. By the time I start fishing there is hardly anyone in the water, and regardless most of my baits are well beyond the swimming area by at least several hundred yards usually. So if someone has an issue with me shark fishing they need to take it upon themselves to not be swimming around my bait thats 500 yards out there, especially if I was there first. Any sharks between the shore and my bait were going to be there anyways.

Im more concerned with the people in the water that arent paying attention to the current and are drifting down the beach into my lines and smaller fishing rods. Heavy braid will cut skin pretty good if you arent careful.
Ya, I won't be endangering anyone I am going to yak out a bait far from shore around 7 pm or so, IF I go.
 

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Thank you for the repsonse, I didn't realize you guys were fishing in excess of a quarter mile out. I was under the false impression you were within 150 yards max of the sand. Thank you for the education.. clears the water a bit so to speak!
 

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But NEVER overlook putting close in baits either.
I have caught as many sharks from casted baits as from yakked baits.
Especially at night.
I have had some really good days when it was rough and swimmers were few and ya think that it would be a waste of time and yer casted baits seemed like, "I am not getting it far enough out". Now on those occaisions nothing but BT's and spinners, but that's fine by me.
If I am down there and you can put a bait in the water, I do. Only crowds, bigggg surf and the dreaded WEED will prevent it.
I have to fish when I am there because I only get several shots a year.
 

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Yep anything but seaweed.
 

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Rye- sometimes the baits are out that far. Other times they get dropped just behind the breakers, and can be anywhere in between. I would say most of ours are anywhere from 200-600 yards though. Big reels filled with braid allow us to fish that far if the weather permits, which is nice for the days when the mud line is sitting there 300 yards out, and nothing but clear water beyond it.

still, think about how many shark attacks you hear of in NC. Then think of the number guys fishing seriously fishing them. Couple that with all the other stuff a shark will eat such as dumped by-catch from the trawlers, schools of rays, and whatever else, and I think you'll see that a fishermans baits are not likely to attract any more sharks than whats out there. Ive yet to have anyone come up and give me the 'what for' for sharking. Mostly its people that are curious and like to listen to the stories of out catches.
 

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Sharks and Turtle's... my Oh my.
:) :)
 
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