What's hot: Now is a good time to think about shark fishing in area waters. With high fuel prices and the fact that the best offshore fishing requires runs of 30 miles or more, a little shark fishing can get you into some heavy tackle battles without a big fuel bill. There are many species around, including bulls, hammerheads, black tips, spinners and bonnet heads. The black tips are probably the most popular because they can put on quite the aerial display and are known to make blistering runs that can rival those of a kingfish. And they make good table fare.
Tactics: To target any of these species, an area with good current flow is a must. Once there, simply deploy a chum block and wait. It helps to supplement the chum with Spanish mackerel or chunks of mullet. Once the sharks show, a chunk of fish attached to an 8/0 circle hook with 3 feet of wire leader is all you need for terminal tackle. Balloons attached to the main line 4 or 5 feet above the hook will help keep the bait in the chum slick.
Tips: Make sure to check the regulations if you keep a shark and have a de-hooker on board to safely release the ones you don't want to keep.
Troy P. Sapp is with Fins and Tails Guide Service and can be reached at (813) 920-6928.