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Shark Fishing

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Shark Fishing in Shallow Waters

By Capt. Charlie Beadon

On the shallow water flats we often overlook one of the hardest fighting and most explosive fish…sharks. These guys may not be good for eating, but they provide great action on light tackle often making long runs and hard head shakes. The best part is that sharks are numerous on the flats and are always willing to take bait. On the shallow flats look to catch bonnet heads, black tips and duskies.

Beaufort and Hilton Head SharkTo get started let’s look at the tackle that you will need. Most of the sharks in shallow water will be 2-15 pounds so you don’t need heavy tackle. Use a 10-12 pound class spinning outfit and hang on! For fishing on the bottom I generally use a 1 ounce egg sinker on a Carolina rig, 2 foot of 40 pound monofilament leader and a 2/0 circle hook. The circle hook is great because the fish hook themselves and because they almost always get hooked in the corner of the mouth you rarely get cut off by the shark’s teeth. For sight fishing I use a straight 40 pound monofilament leader tied directly to a 2/0 circle hook.

Next let’s look at the various bait that you may use to catch sharks. For the most part sharks are scavengers. They will chase down a live fish, but prefer to take dead fish. You can use a lot of different baits to include: mullet, menhaden, shrimp, crab and squid. The key to using dead or cut bait is to allow the bait to lie naturally on the bottom or to drift it freely in the current. No self respecting shark will touch a dead bait that is moving up current along the bottom.

Shark Fishing in Beaufort, SCWhen and where do we need to go to target sharks in shallow water. The sharks are always there, but the best time to go after them is around the low tides. At this time most of the bait fish are pushed out of the marsh and concentrated around creek mouths, grass edges and oyster bars and this is where the sharks will be as well. On some flats the sharks will cruise around the shallows with the top third of their bodies exposed in search of food. This provides a great opportunity for sight fishing; simply position yourself in front of the cruising fish and pitch a bait to him. If the sharks are not cruising the shallows simply anchor up along the edge of the shore line and soak cut baits on the bottom in 2-8 feet of water.

Remember that sharks do have razor sharp teeth and are wild animals so be careful when handling them. Many times I recommend cutting the leader close to the hook rather than trying to remove the hook and take a risk of being bitten. If you take this approach ensure that you use tin hooks that will rust within a few weeks and leave the fish unharmed. Do not use treble hooks, as these can catch both the upper and lower jaw, sewing the fishes mouth shut in which case it would be unable to feed. Good luck and tight lines!

Captain Charlie Beadon

Beaufort Fishing Forecast for August

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Fishing Forecast Beaufort, SC

By this time of the year the water temperature has warmed up significantly and we’re getting into the dog days of summer. Just because it’s hot don’t think that the fishing will slow down, this is the time of year when we go after the big fish. Weather is less of a factor inshore, and we will still be looking for calm days to venture out towards open water.

This month’s feature is Mackerel

king mackerel caught in beaufort, sc

Kingfish are without a doubt a blast to catch! We call the little guy’s snakes and the big boys smokers, but make no mistake any size king will get your heart racing as it peels off line with blistering runs. These guys are built for speed, and have a set of dentures like a serrated knife set which they use to take pray in open water. Did I mention that they are pretty good to eat as well…you can’t beat grilled or smoked king mackerel.

Inshore Fishing

If you’re looking to catch a trophy fish this is the time of year to do it. Our inshore waters are holding good numbers of big sharks and tarpon. Look to catch tarpon in the 100 to 150 pound range, these bruisers fight hard and put on a powerful aerial show. This is also an excellent month to fish the flats for tailing redfishSight fishing for tailing reds is one of the most exciting inshore fisheries in the low country. Near shore we have huge schools of spanish mackerel, blue fish and jacks which can be seen from great distances as they push glass minnows to the surface. Both of these fisheries create a good opportunity for those of you who like to toss flies at big fish. Moreover, look to catch good numbers of big sea trout, redfish and ladyfish as they feed around the shell bars.

Offshore Wreck Fishing

The offshore wrecks will be holding quite a few cobia and king mackerel. Along with cobia and kings expect to catch sharks (some exceeding 200 plus pounds), jacks and various bottom fish. Due to the fact that these wrecks are located in open water we generally look for light winds and calm seas to go offshore.

Beaufort, SC Shark Fishing

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Feeding Frenzy – Shark Fishing

On this beautiful summer morning we pull off the dock and cruise down the river on what looks like a streak free mirror. My fishing buddy comments that he hasn’t seen it this calm in a long time and adds that the fishing should be good today. I agree; with conditions like this I should be able to see redfish coming from a mile away. We pull up to the flat and things look good, there is plenty of bait, wading birds and a few sharks pushing around. So we start to pole down the edge of the shoreline looking for any movement, ripple or giveaway that may lead us to a redfish…but nothing. I was really starting to get frustrated until my buddy put a dead eye cast in front of a ten pound bonnet head shark that was lazily cruising down the flat. I have to admit I didn’t even see that shark eat the bait but within seconds he came tight with a loud “hooked up”! On the first run that fish nearly spooled our light tackle rod, but we managed to keep it on long enough to catch up and after a 15 minuet back and forth battle we finally landed the fish and snapped a few photos. I really had not thought to fish for sharks that day, but with action like that why not fish for what’s biting. We ended up catching 5 more really nice sharks on the flats that day and had a blast doing it. To hear more tails of whoppers and mishaps give me a call and let’s put together a fishing trip and until then “catch em up”!

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Beaufort Shark Fishing

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Summer time offers us some excellent all around fishing and along with all of the fish we have had not trouble getting into toothy critters. Out on the wreck last week we hooked up a 200 pound hammerhead shark and put max pressure to break it off as we wanted to keep on cobia fishing. We have also been catching black tips in the 30-60 pound range and a number of nice duskies in the deeper waters of the Broad and Port Royal Sound. Changing gears we have been having a blast catching 20 plus pound bonnethead and black tip sharks in shallow water with light tackle spin and fly fishing gear! These sharks are powerful and fun and fun to catch for all anglers. Until next time, Catch em Up. Capt. Charlie

Shark Fishing in Beaufort, SC

Captain Charlie Beadon