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Old 07-16-2020, 12:40 PM   #1
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TBH i have really come to enjoy land based shark fishing in the texas surf. I am definitely a noob and constantly learning. Wanted to start this thread to share pictures, tips tricks and other information. I know we have a few veterans on here that can hopefully chime in and help us noobs out.

So here is my first question i was wondering if anyone has had any luck shark fishing in the surf in August. I normally go in June and July was wondering if shark fishing holds ok through August. Went couple weeks ago had a few good pick ups but no ultimate catches had one bite the leader in half so i will be upping gear size again. Did catch a huge ray wish i would have kept it for bait but i let it go.
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Above is the ray brought in last week it was on for an 1hr and 10 min i will post up the video when i get it put together.


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August can be very good, well for others, I can't seem to catch anything anytime anyways

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August can be very good, well for others, I can't seem to catch anything anytime anyways

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Good to hear hoping it remains good
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So are yall using heaving mono leaders or steel. I have been using heavy duty mono because it seems they dont care to much for steel but seems like no matter how heavy the mono is they bite it in half. If your using mono what size leader you running, will like the 1000 lb mono be enough for the hook side or just go steel?
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I use around 4' or so of cable, and then 20-30' of around 700lbs mono.

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where are you fishing in particular, muzzy? PINS is a big difference from Galveston, and that is a monster ray!
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Old 07-16-2020, 01:13 PM   #10
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My boy brought this med sized ray in 2 years ago.
Drop that 50 into low gear and crank.

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where are you fishing in particular, muzzy? PINS is a big difference from Galveston, and that is a monster ray!


Honestly i have been fishing a lot anywhere from Galveston down to lake jackson all at night


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Dude that is a nice set up you got i like it


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Canoe one how is August?


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I've heard the cheap scallops you get in restaurants is actually stingray. Is that true?

Sorry for the off subject question. The stingray pics made me think of that.
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@Poco

The fish are bite-n and there's hogs to be killed, gotta go!
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Maybe Ray will post up in here.

The fish are bite-n and there's hogs to be killed, gotta go!
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I've heard the cheap scallops you get in restaurants is actually stingray. Is that true?

Sorry for the off subject question. The stingray pics made me think of that.
I've eaten it off a big ray like that and it was great!
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Old 07-16-2020, 01:48 PM   #18
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I used to tie a stingray 3-5 lb to a life vest swim the bait as far as i could swim then i would drop the bait and signal to shore with a flashlight that the bait was dropped so that they could set the weight and drag on the reel. I would then put the life vest on and swim back to shore . On more than one Passion they would have a 200 + pound bull shark on before i got back to shore.

Not sure I would do that today !!!!!
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Old 07-16-2020, 01:51 PM   #19
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I won't have much to contribute to the thread anymore, but we used to run PINS constantly and brought in quite a few toothies so I'm always interested in following along. We stick fart around with them on castable lines at our fish camp but nothing compared to actual surf fishing and a fully rigged out truck running the beach.
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I used to tie a stingray 3-5 lb to a life vest swim the bait as far as i could swim then i would drop the bait and signal to shore with a flashlight that the bait was dropped so that they could set the weight and drag on the reel. I would then put the life vest on and swim back to shore . On more than one Passion they would have a 200 + pound bull shark on before i got back to shore.
you sir, are officially NUTS!
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Old 07-16-2020, 02:04 PM   #21
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Matagorda beach from about the 8 mile to 14 mile is a very deep first gut. We've caught some big bull sharks at night during the summer time over there. Match your leaders to your gear, size wise, I used coated steel cable. Some guys used to use weed eater string back in the day. Good luck out there.
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nice catch…………………
Glad you let him go...………………...
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I used to tie a stingray 3-5 lb to a life vest swim the bait as far as i could swim then i would drop the bait and signal to shore with a flashlight that the bait was dropped so that they could set the weight and drag on the reel. I would then put the life vest on and swim back to shore . On more than one Passion they would have a 200 + pound bull shark on before i got back to shore.

Not sure I would do that today !!!!!

Nice to know you’ve found your mind because you obviously had lost it at one time!


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Here you go Muzzy...

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...ighlight=shark

Just do a search using shark in the title of the thread and Poco as started by... You'll get all the shark fishing done right you would ever want to read about. Poco is THE MAN when it comes to catching sharks off the bank!!
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Wish I had more time to fish the surf but then I'd have to spend less time chasing deer, ducks, and turkeys. Here are a couple of my better catches from the surf. The bull shark with the red measuring stick and the bodyless shark were from the end of July/beginning of August time frame.

Got a really good run on that rod but didn't hook up. Fiance ended up reeling in the bodyless shark. Was baited up with half a skipjack. Didn't know the little guy was on there since he wasn't strong enough to break the weight free. The big run was from the big shark picking up the little shark. The old surf salts say little shark was a great bait
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Uh not to be a stickler, but that's a "Tailless" shark! Head looks fine to me...
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Uh not to be a stickler, but that's a "Tailless" shark! Head looks fine to me...
You're right. Fixed.
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August was always one of my favorite months for shark fishing years ago when I was really into it. I caught this 8' long 171# Scalloped Hammerhead at San Luis Pass in August 1988. I didn't know it at the time but it was a State record for few weeks until Billy Sandifer caught a 195# at Padre.

I was fishing a surf tournament and it took first place beating a 7' long 168# Bull.

My favorite bait was live mullet as big as I could get, and I put as many on the hook as I could fit. I usually used several hooks on the last 24" of a 20' long 1/8" steel cable attached to 80# Trilene Big Game mono. I had 13 big mullet on for bait when I caught that Hammerhead...looked like a lost stringer of fish.

Sharks have a great sense of smell, but they have an AMAZING sense of electro-reception. They can sense LIVE bait even when they are upcurrent, unlike the dead bait most fishermen use.
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August was always one of my favorite months for shark fishing years ago when I was really into it. I caught this 8' long 171# Scalloped Hammerhead at San Luis Pass in August 1988. I didn't know it at the time but it was a State record for few weeks until Billy Sandifer caught a 195# at Padre.

I was fishing a surf tournament and it took first place beating a 7' long 168# Bull.

My favorite bait was live mullet as big as I could get, and I put as many on the hook as I could fit. I usually used several hooks on the last 24" of a 20' long 1/8" steel cable attached to 80# Trilene Big Game mono. I had 13 big mullet on for bait when I caught that Hammerhead...looked like a lost stringer of fish.

Sharks have a great sense of smell, but they have an AMAZING sense of electro-reception. They can sense LIVE bait even when they are upcurrent, unlike the dead bait most fishermen use.

That’s awesome. Very good info.


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Not shark related but I have a house on Matagorda peninsula that we fish the surf a lot catch a lot of trout
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August was always one of my favorite months for shark fishing years ago when I was really into it. I caught this 8' long 171# Scalloped Hammerhead at San Luis Pass in August 1988. I didn't know it at the time but it was a State record for few weeks until Billy Sandifer caught a 195# at Padre.

I was fishing a surf tournament and it took first place beating a 7' long 168# Bull.

My favorite bait was live mullet as big as I could get, and I put as many on the hook as I could fit. I usually used several hooks on the last 24" of a 20' long 1/8" steel cable attached to 80# Trilene Big Game mono. I had 13 big mullet on for bait when I caught that Hammerhead...looked like a lost stringer of fish.

Sharks have a great sense of smell, but they have an AMAZING sense of electro-reception. They can sense LIVE bait even when they are upcurrent, unlike the dead bait most fishermen use.
I see something there.....but I'm not taking the bait.
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August was always one of my favorite months for shark fishing years ago when I was really into it. I caught this 8' long 171# Scalloped Hammerhead at San Luis Pass in August 1988. I didn't know it at the time but it was a State record for few weeks until Billy Sandifer caught a 195# at Padre.

I was fishing a surf tournament and it took first place beating a 7' long 168# Bull.

My favorite bait was live mullet as big as I could get, and I put as many on the hook as I could fit. I usually used several hooks on the last 24" of a 20' long 1/8" steel cable attached to 80# Trilene Big Game mono. I had 13 big mullet on for bait when I caught that Hammerhead...looked like a lost stringer of fish.

Sharks have a great sense of smell, but they have an AMAZING sense of electro-reception. They can sense LIVE bait even when they are upcurrent, unlike the dead bait most fishermen use.
Hmmm, looks like you had a helper.
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Not shark related but I have a house on Matagorda peninsula that we fish the surf a lot catch a lot of trout
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Say Ol Buddy, you wouldn’t happen to have room for 1 more next trip out would you???
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Hmmm, looks like you had a helper.
Yep, that was my friend's pet coon.
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August is slow unless you're prepared to fish at night and run baits deep. These days I like fishing casted baits mostly, in the Spring and Fall when they're closer to the beach. Sargent and Gorda Mostly
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My son was involved in catching this giant hammerhead in port a back in May. 13ft 8” long.
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We're on the big island. I was beating the sharks away from my net bag in the surf constantly 4th of July weekend. They circled me for 2 hours and constantly approached the bag to test it.
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I used to tie a stingray 3-5 lb to a life vest swim the bait as far as i could swim then i would drop the bait and signal to shore with a flashlight that the bait was dropped so that they could set the weight and drag on the reel. I would then put the life vest on and swim back to shore . On more than one Passion they would have a 200 + pound bull shark on before i got back to shore.

Not sure I would do that today !!!!!


Brooo no, lol i kayak the bait out about 1000 yds


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August was always one of my favorite months for shark fishing years ago when I was really into it. I caught this 8' long 171# Scalloped Hammerhead at San Luis Pass in August 1988. I didn't know it at the time but it was a State record for few weeks until Billy Sandifer caught a 195# at Padre.



I was fishing a surf tournament and it took first place beating a 7' long 168# Bull.



My favorite bait was live mullet as big as I could get, and I put as many on the hook as I could fit. I usually used several hooks on the last 24" of a 20' long 1/8" steel cable attached to 80# Trilene Big Game mono. I had 13 big mullet on for bait when I caught that Hammerhead...looked like a lost stringer of fish.



Sharks have a great sense of smell, but they have an AMAZING sense of electro-reception. They can sense LIVE bait even when they are upcurrent, unlike the dead bait most fishermen use.


Awesome to hear you always catch your bait or you have to buy it? Sometimes i can go down there and can catch it easy other times i cant find it for anything


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No added value here. Just enjoy seeing some of these sharks y'all catch!! The same sharks I'm sure I swam with. And to the guy that swam the bait out.... You're nuts! Lol
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We always caught our bait.

Big mullet was our favorite live bait, and could usually be caught in the 1st or 2nd gut with a cast net on an incoming tide. If we couldn't catch them, dead shrimp on a small rod could catch big whiting that worked good too. Another VERY GOOD bait is skipjack.

We used an old aluminum canoe to run the baits out past the 3rd bar as much as 400 yards. Sometimes it wasn't necessary to be out that far, because we caught 6-7' blacktips from the 2nd gut. Kayaks were unheard of here back then. If it was too rough for the canoe, we put on life jackets and swam them out as far as we dared to go.
I knew an old man that swam his baits out really far. He put it in a 5 gallon bucket with a lid and floated it out 400-500 yards. Guy was tough, even swimming out through lots of jellyfish.
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Old 07-17-2020, 09:05 AM   #42
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When I was a kid, surfers would jump off end of Bob Hall Pier (not legal but no one cared) and swim baits out on their surf boards for the shark guys and gals. Usually for a dollar. Kayaks were not around (sixties). I lived on the beach most of the summer working a surf stand for a friend but never swam a bait for a buck. I was hungry often but maybe a bit smarter than some considered this beach bum. And Bob Hall was insane long back than. Saw it rebuilt at least 3 times shorter each time after hurricanes. Fun and still play. Just less with age
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We always caught our bait.

Big mullet was our favorite live bait, and could usually be caught in the 1st or 2nd gut with a cast net on an incoming tide. If we couldn't catch them, dead shrimp on a small rod could catch big whiting that worked good too. Another VERY GOOD bait is skipjack.

We used an old aluminum canoe to run the baits out past the 3rd bar as much as 400 yards. Sometimes it wasn't necessary to be out that far, because we caught 6-7' blacktips from the 2nd gut. Kayaks were unheard of here back then. If it was too rough for the canoe, we put on life jackets and swam them out as far as we dared to go.
I knew an old man that swam his baits out really far. He put it in a 5 gallon bucket with a lid and floated it out 400-500 yards. Guy was tough, even swimming out through lots of jellyfish.
I'm always a big fan of match the hatch, if we're catching skipjack we use them, catching whiting use those, hardheads all we got then they get clipped and run out, etc. My favorite bait is a big whiting head, small (compared to what surf sharkers typically use) Mustad circle hook through the nostrils. Never fails to pickup normal size blacktips, biggest we got on that is 8'4" Hammer, that was on a 12/0 mustad circle perfectly hooked in the corner of the mouth. Hammers have kind of small mouths so it makes sense.
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HOLY BLEEP! What did that monster measure?
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I’m not to sure what is measured. I was on a family vacation with some one kinda new to salt. I know when the reel started clicking the fight was on and it drew a big crowd. I was in a big hurry to get the hook out and a picture and back to the water. It did take me and 2 other guys to pull it up on the sand and it was heavy. The fight was awesome
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Then the one that got away.


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Old 07-18-2020, 11:23 AM   #48
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Then the one that got away.


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What size cable you running? That is also a very nice ray


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Old 07-18-2020, 11:39 AM   #49
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We were in Matagorda all week and caught all the legal blacktips you could want.

Kept the kids entertained.
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Very few things compare to the surf. I've been going with Canoe a few years and we're getting better lol
I also use steel cable tied to 20+ feet of 500+lb mono for my deployment rigs. For cast outs, I prefer 4 feet of 2-400lb mono and 2 feet of cable. Cast out rigs have a 10-14/0 cirlce hook, deployment 18-24/0 depending on bait.
If you feel that they aren't picking up your cables baits, try using single stand wire. Kingfish leader material.
For bait, I really like Jacks. I've never had a run on stingrays. First thing I do when I pick a spot is cast out small gear to catch fresh bait. Whiting, pompana, drum and sheepshead work and can be caught just about anywhere. Bluefish, bonita and skipjack and sand trout are great baits also, but are very soft. Recommend sticking them in a panty hose to keep them out longer.
More than anything, it's persistence. Been doing it about 10 years and have only recently started catching them.

Btw, those kids are from a random family that drove by as we hooked up. They stopped to watch and I asked if they wanted to fight it. All 5 or 6 kids took a turn and THEY caught a 5.5 foot black tip. They then helped me tag and release her.
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