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Captain's Corner: On the hunt for sharks on Florida's east coast

What's hot: During the summer, shark fishing is the best along the west coast. Sharks migrate to the flats from offshore looking for an easy meal. The flats from Anclote Key to Honeymoon Island have been known for great shark fishing. Many types of sharks are in these areas, but the most common are black tips, bull sharks and hammerheads.

No boat: The causeway from Honeymoon Island is great for shark fishing. From two bridges on the causeway, you can drift bait out in the tide under a large float. Try large, live pinfish or mullet. And you can use fresh dead bait such as mullet and grouper heads.

Tackle: Many types of tackle can be used depending on the size of sharks targeted. The main thing to remember is to use wire leader with a long shank hook. For the smaller sharks, use large mono leader such as 100- or 125-pound test with a long shank hook. The mono leader might draw more bites.

With boat: Anglers can use the same types of tackle and bait. They can increase their chances by using chum to attract the sharks. Buy frozen chum blocks or go to a seafood house to get scraps.

Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.

Captain's Corner: On the hunt for sharks on Florida's east coast 06/20/10 [Last modified: Sunday, June 20, 2010 11:10pm]
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