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Captain's Corner: Sharks arriving

Ed Walker

Ed Walker

Along with many migratory pelagic species such as kingfish, Spanish mackerel and bonito residing just off the coast, other creatures have moved in: sharks. There are a lot around, from 5-foot spinner sharks and blacktips to big-bodied bulls stealing fish such as amberjack. Divers and flats fishermen are reporting sharks, particularly around big wrecks or in areas with a lot of bait. The shallow grassy areas north of Tarpon Springs have had bull sharks, and the flats near Weedon Island have again become loaded with them.

Tips: Hooking and landing one of these behemoths takes practice. Chumming with fresh-cut fish not only brings in sharks but can bring fish such as grouper and snapper. Our shark rod setup is made up of 300-pound test line tied to a heavy-duty wire leader and a stout hook. Be sure your wire leader is longer than the sharks. Their rough skin will cut off the line if it makes contact. Lowering a half-eaten fish such as a king or bonito to the bottom will almost certainly produce some kind of big bite.

Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. Call

(727) 944-3474 or e-mail

Captain's Corner: Sharks arriving 04/19/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 9:07am]
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