What's hot: During the summer, shark fishing is great along the west coast. Sharks migrate to the flats from offshore looking for an easy meal. The flats from Anclote Key to Honeymoon Island are known for great shark fishing. Many types of sharks can be caught in these areas, with the most common being black tips, bulls and hammerheads.
Going without a boat: The causeway to Honeymoon Island is a great place to go after sharks. At two bridges on the causeway, anglers can drift bait in the tide under a large float. The best types of bait to use include large live pinfish and mullet. Fresh dead bait such as mullet and grouper heads can be useful.
Tackle: The type of tackle depends on the size of the shark being sought. The main thing to remember is to use wire leader with a long shank hook. For smaller sharks, anglers can use large mono leader to get more bites, such as 100- or 125-pound test with a long shank hook.
Using a boat: Anglers can use the same types of tackle and bait, but they can increase their chances by using chum to attract sharks. Buy frozen chum blocks or go to any seafood house to get scraps for chum.
Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.