Sharks: Shark fishing at night is a great alternative to the hot summer days. Time your fishing during the rising moon, just after dark, and you'll often hit the jackpot. A ripping incoming tide combined with a major lunar period also enhances the appetites of these cartilaginous fish. This occurrence will happen during the upcoming full moon phase. Steady sessions of chumming with freshly caught shad or ladyfish will lure the sharks from up to a mile away. A fresh pigfish should also be added to the mix because their grunting sounds of distress make sharks go into a feeding frenzy. Use an extremely sharp hook and 100-pound braided wire leader for their tough-skinned mouths and razor-sharp teeth. Blacktips and hammerheads will be the most common species. A mile from the beach has been the most productive. Fish the edges of the natural reefs and sandy bottom.
Mack attack: Spanish mackerel seem to be everywhere and hungry. The best bet is to fish while currents are moving. It doesn't matter which tide, as long as it's moving. Lots of small minnows have infiltrated many of the artificial reefs. These smaller baitfish are where the macks will be most prevalent. Bonito, sharks, cobia and many other species will also be there for the taking.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach and can be reached at email@example.com, jawstoo.com or (727) 439-2628.