Sharks: Sharks strike fear in some people and excitement in others. If fishing for really big sharks is your pleasure, your first task is to capture enough fresh bait. One of the best is Spanish mackerel, but be sure to catch enough to change bleached-out baits often.
Tactics: Bigger sharks will find a comfort zone. At night they ply shallow waters looking for something to eat, but during the day they want to escape the heat and sun to deeper water. The best place for this is along portions of the shipping channel off Tampa Bay. When fishing this area, anchor near the channel but a safe distance from the shipping lanes to avoid passing freighters. Earlier this week we hooked an 11-foot female hammerhead. The battle took 58 minutes, and we covered more than a half mile before catching and releasing it.
Larry Blue charters the Niki Joe from Madeira Beach Marina. Call (727) 871-1058 or visit CaptainLarryBlue.com.