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Landbased Shark Fishing California Style – Beach Drops

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              While most landbased shark fishing in California consists of casting baits and slide baiting, there is small but growing group of anglers doing things a little differently. Taking a page out of the Florida and Texas playbook, some fisherman on the left coast have begun using kayaks and drones to deploy baits off the beach, reaching deeper water and as a result bigger and more formidable catches! Deployment:               One of the more popular ways to deploy baits on the West Coast is via the use of remote controlled aircraft, or drones. Some are using simple store-bought units, but...

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Casting Rigs - Putting It All Out There!

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In previous articles we have discussed the tactic of “Slidebaiting”, a unique way of fishing that does not involve any actual casting of the bait. However, there are certain scenarios in which slidebaiting is not the correct or most effective approach. It is these situations and the specialized rigs that go with them that this article will address.   There are two different “classes” of casted rigs when it comes to landbased fishing: suspended rigs (which incorporate a float to elevate the bait off of the bottom), and bottom rigs (which present the bait on or near the bottom). Within...

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Bait Selection for Landbased Shark Fishing

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One of the age old questions any shark fishermen gets is “What bait did you use?” While bait selection is just one piece of the intricate puzzle that is successful landbased shark fishing, it is a very important part of the equation. The following article will try to de-mystify the basics of bait for shark fishing, with the focus of this article being on kayak deployed baits. Bait Types Bait for shark fishing can be almost anything that swims, but obviously certain baits are better in certain applications and for certain species. Most shark baits can fit into one of...

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Hook Selection - Whats the Point?

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“J hooks are better because they hook fish wherever they can stick”. “Circle hooks are better because you don’t have to set the hook”. “Treble hooks are better because you they are more likely to hook the fish”. Anyone that has spent any amount of time fishing has heard all of these rationalizations for why a certain kind of hook is superior over any other. The problem with this way of thinking is that almost every fishing situation can call for a very different kind of hook, and this makes it very hard to make blanket statements such as “...

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Pier Slidebaiting : The Basics

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There is no disputing that the home of Landbased Shark Fishing is on the East Coast. Places like the Florida Keys, Miami, and the Outer Banks dominate the scene undisputedly with heavy tackle and kayak-deployed baits being the norm. However, there is another type of Landbased sharking taking place on the West Coast, one very different that centers on distance casting and a unique style of fishing that has roots abroad in the Hawiian Islands, South Africa, and Australia.  This kind of fishing is referred to as "Slide Baiting". How does it work? The backbone of "Slide Baiting" is the concept of an "anchor" and a "slide"...

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