Shark Fishing in Florida's Indian River
My First Salt Water Shark Fishing Trip
You can see the line of small white dots are the free camping spots for fishing the Indian Intercoastal waters.(Indian River)
Black Tip Shark Babies Born on Boat
Salt Water Shark Fishing
If you think you have to use a boat to catch big sharks... think again. You can land huge hammerhead sharks or black tip sharks in Brevard county Florida without any special equipment. You can hook salt water Sharks fishing from land,a pier or a camping spot off one of the small island on the flats of the Indian River, near and around Palm Bay Florida.
These small islands are near Malabar Florida, and you can see them on the map between the shore and the Melbourne beach peninsula. They are visible from your car driving down highway #1. You could park your car on the side of the road and walk out to one of these islands. The flats are that shallow in this area. On the weekends in the summer there is tents and all varieties of boats anchored around these free island paradises to catch the sun, swim, or try their luck at salt water fishing.
It was from one of these islands, that I boated to in my 14 foot John boat, to spend a Sunday afternoon fishing for salt water catfish, that I landed my first black tip shark.,
That shark is the first picture on this hub. I stood on the sandbar of the island and cast towards the shore using an inch long J-hook (I know I should use the number of the hook but I always go by length. This will drive the real fisherman nuts, sorry) with four inches (a whole side of a mullet fish) threaded onto it. I wanted a big salt water cat fish.
But what I hooked was a black tip shark and what was I going to do with that. What a fight, it broke water twice and was I glad I wasn't trying to land him in my boat. I reeled him in onto the sandbar, put my hand net over his head and picked him up by the tail and threw him into my boat that was beached beside me. Then I shook my head because I did that without one thought of what I was really doing. Picking up a shark.
The second thing to consider was, I needed to kill him if I was to take him home for supper and I didn't want him to flop all over the boat when I was driving home.
The Old-timer fisherman always said you had to bleed a shark to get the blood from the meat so I slit it's throat and that was that. They also told me never to skin a shark close to their skin. You should always leave an inch of meat on the skin. Sharks urinate threw their skin because they have no pee hole. Then you soak the shark meat overnight in your cooler with milk to take the wild taste from the meat. This all works because I cut the shark into one inch thick steaks cutting into the backbone to hold them together. They were the best shark steaks ever to come off my fire pit the next night.
Hammerhead Shark Fishing
Hammerhead Shark Fishing off a Pier
These hammerhead sharks were caught from the end of the Cocoa Beach Fishing pier. You heard that right a popular beach spot for Easter and spring break where thousands of people come to party, surf the waves, soak up the sun and fish.
I once saw an aerial photo of the beach and this pier in a local newspaper of two hundred sharks swimming amongst the surfers on their boards and swimmers of this beach. I wished I saved that picture but I couldn't find it. It was an amazing sight and the swimmers were none the wiser. There are always a lot of sharks here mostly hammerheads and there have been very few accidents with sharks at this beach and that also is amazing.
These hammerheads were also caught using cut bail of mullet. The pier sits about twenty five feet up off the water so my fisher friend rigged and old bicycle wheel with a net to haul them in. That net worked just fine to get underneath the hammerheads and lift them up to the pier deck.
Salt water fishing is the best because you never know what you will hook next. Good luck to all you fisher people. The thrill in your journey awaits you.
Salt Water Shark Fishing
Salt Water Fishing Hooks
- Salt Water Fishing Hooks
Using the proper salt water fishing hook for what you are fishing for will give you more hits with better results. Also the correct way to bait your hook video.
Great Salt Water Fishing Tips For Winter Florida Fishing
- Florida Salt Water Fishing Index
This hub contains an index for salt water fishing tips, rules and fishing fun for the whole family. Included are how to set up your salt water fishing line, knives , and how to cast net for bait fish
Salt Water Fishing Knives
- Fish Knives How to Clean Salt Water Fish
It is as important for a fisherman to have a set of quality fillet knives as it is for a Chef to have his tools of the trade. The Normark fillet knives are made of quality stainless steel and come is six and eight inch flexible blades that made it ea