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    Question Surf fishing for sharks

    I'm new to the area and to saltwater fishing. I'm super interested into hooking into sharks, but before I hop on a kayak and attempt something like that I want to get the feel for catching sharks from the surf first. so my question is where is a good place to catch decent sized sharks. I'm around Annapolis, MD area if that helps any.

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    I have no personal experience with sharking from the beach but there is a dedicated group of guys who did it from Assateague Island. They usually fish at night and post some impressive sharks. A google search for Assateague shark fishing should get you going. Hope to see some pics from you one day.
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    I have caught them up to 5 feet long at night from the Assateague surf but never using a kayak. Fresh menhaden has been the best bait for me, either big chunks or heads. There are a lot of guys that kayak baits out 300+ yards to catch the really big ones, but I don't like the idea of launching my kayak in the surf at night personally. They are a blast to catch, but be ready to tangle with some massive rays.
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    Are you looking to fish from a kayak or the beach?

    The coastal beaches are your best bet for sharks. Early mornings, late evenings into night between June - October; leave the beaches to the crowds and swimmers during the day time. Any kind of cut bait works - bluefish, bunker, mullet, spot, croaker, skate, it doesn't matter as long as it's meat. Sharks in the 2 - 5 ft range are quite common, but you have the potential to hook into some serious sharks up to 8 - 9 ft., so make sure you have the appropriate gear and a plan for landing and unhooking it. And you don't have to have your bait out too far, there are some real bruisers running close to the shore break. As Rugbyfish mentioned, there are stingrays the size of truck hoods out there that can be darn near impossible to turn even with the right gear mixed in as well.

    I'm not saying you will be, but as a word of warning - don't be a knucklehead about it and be discrete. Shark fishing from the beach can be a touchy issue and has sparked firestorms in the past. Especially when there are summer crowds and onlookers still on the beach.

    Just as a note:
    On Delaware beaches it's illegal to drag any shark you catch up onto dry sand. You are required by law to unhook it at the waters edge while it's still in the water.
    In Ocean City, MD it is illegal to kayak out baits to be dropped for surf fishing, you have to cast the bait. Unless you go out and fish from your kayak. Then I think you'd be legal? There are restrictions on times you can fish from the beach during the summer season too.
    Assateague is a good place. It too will get crowded, but clear out in the evenings. Mosquitoes can be BRUTAL though on any wind coming off the land.
    You could also probably do the same in the back bays behind Assateague or Ocean City, but I've never tried there before.

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    Be careful. There are a bunch of protected shark species. See... https://www.delaware-surf-fishing.co...les-clarified/

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    My advice would be to go further south.

    Sharks can be caught at Assateague but for the most part all you're gonna catch is sandbars, and sand tigers, unless you're paddling baits out. Also the sandbars out at Assateague can be very weird and make for some tough fishing.

    Also to note, shark fishing in Assateague really only heats up from July-August.

    However, if you're willing to drive down to the OBX you're in much better sharking territory. I've fished Assateague 3 times for sharks and have been skunked every time. However every time I've gone sharking in the OBX I've landed some sort of big game species (shark rays cobia).

    If you want to plan a trip feel free to message me.






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    Quote Originally Posted by sega View Post

    I've fished Assateague 3 times for sharks and have been skunked every time.
    I need to start bringing you with me to Assateague then; I can't keep the sharks and rays off sometimes! Fall drum season out there can be the worst, or best I guess depending on your point of view. I rarely target sharks anymore, so I'm fishing a mono hook leader, and get bit off most of the time before I get them in. The rays will wear you out though. I've had back-to-back-to-back butterfly rays like in your picture. Brutal!

    But like you said, 95% of the sharks caught on Assateague are either sandbar or sand tiger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slobber Bob View Post
    I need to start bringing you with me to Assateague then; I can't keep the sharks and rays off sometimes! Fall drum season out there can be the worst, or best I guess depending on your point of view. I rarely target sharks anymore, so I'm fishing a mono hook leader, and get bit off most of the time before I get them in. The rays will wear you out though. I've had back-to-back-to-back butterfly rays like in your picture. Brutal!

    But like you said, 95% of the sharks caught on Assateague are either sandbar or sand tiger.
    Let me know when you go!
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    I generally try for sharks on the OBX as well, but I've been wanting to try the Norfolk area this year. There has got to be some monsters lurking around the mouth of the bay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sega View Post
    My advice would be to go further south.

    Sharks can be caught at Assateague but for the most part all you're gonna catch is sandbars, and sand tigers, unless you're paddling baits out. Also the sandbars out at Assateague can be very weird and make for some tough fishing.

    Also to note, shark fishing in Assateague really only heats up from July-August.

    However, if you're willing to drive down to the OBX you're in much better sharking territory. I've fished Assateague 3 times for sharks and have been skunked every time. However every time I've gone sharking in the OBX I've landed some sort of big game species (shark rays cobia).

    If you want to plan a trip feel free to message me.






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    Cobia you say? Might have to PM you for some info about this, that's a species that's on my bucket list, and certainly at the top of my brother's list.

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