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    Default Lady fish?

    I am going to go catch and tag some shark in the surf this week. Has anyone used lady fish for shark?
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    Quote Originally Posted by D-I-A View Post
    I am going to go catch and tag some shark in the surf this week. Has anyone used lady fish for shark?
    They work well catch some small ones hook em live and catch gator trout!!
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    I've never done that intentionally, but many times I've hooked ladies, only to have a shark take off with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbarham View Post
    They work well catch some small ones hook em live and catch gator trout!!
    Interesting, every time I hook one they always end up dying. I thought I had a tarpon one evening when I hooked into a 3 1/2# lady fish. It stripped line as it hit my lure and came flying out of the water shortly after a good ways away. As I got it closer it was clear that it was not a juvenile tarpon. They are a fun fish as far as acrobatics but they are annoying when fishing with live bait.

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    Lady fish (skipjack) is great for shark bait, if they are fresh. Never try and use frozen, as they are complete mush when they thaw. If you end up with a lot of them, stuff a pair of pantyhose with chopped up skipjack and tie off into a softball sized bait. Run your circle hook tru & zip tie in place, making sure the gap remains exposed. Fish on!

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    The "Poor Man's Tarpon" are great bait for big trout, reds and of course shark as well as snapper (chunk baits). They are exciting to catch and slime ya just like a Tarpon does.

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    Ladyfish are about the best bait that I know of for shark. They put out a lot of oil, and are filled with very fine bones that make them stay on a hook very well. On Anegada, if I am going to fish for shark, I start out by making a run to a spot that I call "the bait shop", where ladyfish are plentiful. I catch all I need on a fly that I tie specifically for them.

    One of the worst things that I ever did was take a big bite off of a ladyfish. Alcohol was involved. I spit for days.
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    I should image that ladyfish would work, although you need to know how to to them up with big hooks, since 14/0 to 20/0 hooks for a typical 5-7 foot shark in Texas are needed. You can look here for more info about shark fishing off the beach from a pro:

    http://www.tx-sharkfishing.com/

    Myself, I like to sew my hooks onto my baits such as with fishing twine and using a fish needle. Whatever you do, make sure the gape of the hook rides upward and runs front to back. For a ladyfish I'd sew on a hook just above the backbone in its shoulders right behind the head. Some double-rig hooks in case your shark is a short hitter.

    I learned that method when kite-fishing for sailfish using live threadfin herring a bit bigger than hand size. Double the line through the eye of the fish needle, pull it through the fish, and tie down on the gape of the hook so it rides high & tight. A square knot will do. You can take a couple wraps around the hook if you're worried about losing your bait, although we never did - and we used rubber bands instead of dental floss or twine. After you've done more than three baits, only takes a minute.

    I've seen people light-line those skinny little Caribbean reef sharks before (just kidding Walker) but with a nice fat sandbar or bull shark of 6 feet ... you're going to need at least a big Penn Senator with a fighting belt to do the trick. And a crew to tail rope it so you can unhook it and let it go. Hope ya catch a big Tiger!

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    lol....deaver is a bipolar nutcase. I would never refer anyone to his site.


    yes, skip jack are great shark bait.
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    What you want for bait for a shark is ...... Stingray !!!!!
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