First Ever SHARK Fishing trip!!! (ft. Monster Mike & BlacktipH) Miami, Florida

 

First shark caught at 2:13
Monster hammerhead plays with our bait at 9:51
Bonnethead shark caught at 12:04

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Bait Used: Barracuda filets
Rod/Reel/Line used: Heavy ocean rods/reels and bullbuster 200 lb monofilament line

Location: Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida
Date: October 22nd, 2015
Time Fished: 2 pm – 7 pm
Air Temp: High of 84 degrees, low of 79 degrees
Water Temp: 82 degrees
Water Clarity: 72 inches
Conditions: Partly cloudy with winds from the NE up to 16 mph

Camera Gear:
Gopro Hero 4 silver External audio Chest Mount
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Overview – Went back to Florida AGAIN to fish with BlacktipH for 4 days. Arrived on Wednesday 10/21/15 in the evening, went straight to the beach from the airport, and caught more fish than I ever have in my life (that vid will be posted later)! We fished into the night, went to Denny’s for some dinner, then I checked into my hotel and edited the video I released Thursday until 2 am.

Woke up at 4:30 am to meet BlacktipH at his place because he was driving me to Miami to fish with Monster Mike for the day. I slept like a baby the whole car ride down and we met with Mike and a couple of Blacktip’s friends before letting Mike lead the way to one of his secret peacock bass spots. We absolutely slayed em between the 5 of us, catching over 30 peacocks up to 4.5 lbs (that vid will be posted later too)!

Grabbed a quick lunch then met up with Double Threat charters for a shark fishing adventure! I was stoked to have a chance to catch such an awesome fish, and couldn’t wait to check out Biscayne Bay.

Brent and Nick demonstrated a shark fishing technique I’d never even heard of, “kite fishing.” It was a super cool method of presenting cut bait on top of the water while completely concealing the presence of any terminal tackle you had tied on. BlacktipH informed me that the big sharks are extremely cautious, and can prove to be difficult to catch at times.

The fishing started out great as Josh dropped down a strip of cuda to the bottom and hooked up with a nice nurse shark or “gummy” as he called them in a matter of minutes! I took first crack at fighting the beast only to have her come unhooked when I get her up to the boat.

No worries, as Josh informed me that nurse sharks are not very intelligent, he proved his point as he dropped another piece of cut bait down and BAM, FISH ON! This time we let Monster Mike experience the shark and he was able to tame the beast as we got her in the boat, unhooked it, then set her free.

That was a perfect appetizer to the main course that approached. A MONSTER hammerhead shark began to circle our offerings and came inches from our bait several times. This shark was the biggest fish I’d ever seen in my life, easily pushing 700+ lbs. It was so big that everyone agreed the shark expert, BlacktipH, would be the one to fight the fish if we were able to hook it.

The beast was stubborn, we tried various tactics to entice a strike as Josh shredded pieces of cuda in the water as chum and Brent took a cuda carcass and slapped it in the water to imitate a frantic fish and spread some blood/oils into the water. Unfortunately, as Brent body slammed the carcass repeatedly, it somehow came free from the hook and drifted into the abyss.

Shortly after this happened, the shark disappeared along with it, likely the shark went after the carcass and had its fill for the day. The fishing was slow after that, and I had fun with a light action pole and “sabiki-rig,” helped Brent and Nick catch some bait for future trips. It was really cool how you could catch 2-4 fish in one cast and fool them with pretty much a bare hook!

Shark fishing – Catch n Cook! HD

 

On this adventure I went out to a huge saltwater river near my house and caught a juvenile bullshark. After the great fight, I show you how to Fillet, Cook and eat this awesome fish (because they taste amazing). Watch the full video to see it all go down 🙂

Please note these Sharks are not endangered and it is legal in my State of Queensland to catch one per trip as long as it is under 1.5m .
There does seem to be a lot of confusion about Sharks – To say Sharks are endangered is like saying Birds are endangered – not all Birds are endangered and not all Sharks are endangered – but some are and therefore they are protected to save them but others are flourishing or as in this case of the Bullshark in Queensland Australia, it is actually legal to catch for reasons that are decided by Scientists, Marine Biologists and Governmental departments due to their growing numbers and their impact on the local environment and safety for humans – So I hope you understand better now – I definitely do not support Finning and Drift nets and how they are killing Shark species for make up and jewelery etc and will do all I can to stop these things.
Cheers for watching and for your concern, it is very encouraging to think so many people care about animals because I really do too as you all know – thank you for watching – Miller 🙂

Beach Shark Fishing Struggle, Finally Caught a Break!

 

After many weeks of terrible weather and massive waves, we finally caught a break and were able to go fishing for sharks from the beach. Josh has been very frustrated with the weather. October and November are some of the best months to go shark fishing from the beach in Florida. Jason from Southern Fin Apparel joined Josh on this shark fishing conquest. We were using finger mullet to catch our shark bait (ladyfish, bluefish, and etc…).

Shark Fishing with NFL Linebacker Sam Barrington – 4K

 

In this episode of BlacktipH, Josh is joined by Sam Barrington, an NFL Linebacker from the Green Bay Packers to go fishing for sharks off the coast of Florida. Until this day, Sam had never seen a shark before. After several hours of chumming, Sam hooked up to his first shark ever and it was a monster! Sam fought the beast for nearly 30 minutes! It was a huge bull shark (estimated the weight to be around 350lbs). We snapped a few photos and quickly release the tired shark. Sam was thrilled to watch the biggest fish of his life swim away after a healthy release.

 

 

Basic Shark Fishing Tips

It seems like every sport has a category that is set aside for the extreme and believe it or not, there are some that were not deterred by the movie Jaws and they choose to seek out sharks instead of run from them. If you are so bold as to take on shark fishing, you should understand some basics before hitting the open sea.

If your goal is to actually catch a shark, the best time to do it is in June. The temperature is not too hot and it will attract more of the predators you seek. If you decide to fish for sharks in the middle of the summer, you should be aware of water temperatures and try to find the coolest spot possible.

When you plan a shark-fishing trip, you need to be prepared. Many people would advise keeping a checklist beforehand in order to help you with preparation. Some things that you should include when packing for your trip are chum and proper gear. Your rods and reels should be able to handle a three hundred pound fish or greater. Typically, you should plan to fish with three to five baits in the water at a time. Therefore, you will need many rod and reel setups to accompany the ratio of bait.

The best rod to use is a fifty to eighty pound class rod. You should not forget your harness and safety straps (you do not want to fall overboard and become live bait). In addition, you want to remember your bait and chum. Running chum is the most effective way to trap a shark so be prepared for a mess onboard.

It is important to know what species of shark you are wanting to fish. Different sharks swim at different levels and temperatures. In order to set a shark trap, you will have to tie your farthest bait off the bow rail with a flat line clip. Make sure that the line is out of the way and stay in the highest rocket holder on the particular side of the boat from which you are fishing. You should attach your bait, attach a weight or balloon on the line, and plunge it approximately eighty feet. The second rod’s bait is set down sixty feet while resting in the trolling holder; this line is also attached to the midship with a rubber band. The third line is set down thirty feet with no balloon but rather free bait. You should make sure that your drags are loose so that you will be alerted early by the clicking sound of the reel. If you color code your balloons, it will be easier to tell which rod is being pulled.

Once you have waited and finally caught your shark, be prepared. Sharks will have different temperaments and act according to their agitation. Some sharks have been known to slightly drag the bait before they swallow, while other sharks will run at the boat, run in the opposing direction from the boat, or come right up to the boat. If you need a harness, make sure that the harness is safely attached to the boat and the reel.

Once you have the shark close to the boat, your experienced sidekick will be able to help. You will want to hand wire the shark into the boat. Hand wires are meant to be sturdy and they will not break if you are attached to them. Do not wrap the wire around your hand because you want to be able to let go of the wire easily if you have to. If you are keeping a shark, you will need to gaff and rope it by its tail.

Remember that you should only keep a shark if you have plans to eat it, use it in a tournament or if you believe it is a contender for the world record. You can always just take a picture of the shark without killing it.