Shark Fishing off Miami & Miami Beach is a great way to spend a half day, 3/4 day or full day charter. With the Gulf Stream current typically less than three miles off the beach, we are fortunate to have a wide variety of sharks migrating past our coast. On any given day shark fishing off Miami we may see Mako Shark, Hammer Head Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks, Thrasher Shark, Silky Shark, “Cuban” Night Shark, Sandbar Sharks, Blacktip Shark, Spinner Shark, Sharp Nose Sharks, Big Nose, Black Nose & maybe even the Great White Shark.
Shark Fishing Dead Bait Tactics
Deep sea fishing Miami and shark fishing on the Spellbound off Miami and Miami Beach is done in quite a few ways. One of my favorite shark fishing tactics is to use a medium bait like a tuna or mackerel. We rig the bait by first splitting the bait and removing the back bone. That makes the bait appear to be alive and swimming, while leaning a scent particle trail. We rig this bait with a 9/0 to 20/0 hook depending on the size of the bait. The leader is made of material as light as #8 wire and as heavy as double twisted #19 wire or stranded cable.
This bait can be deployed in many different ways. The first is on the top of the surface, held in place by a fishing kite. For more info about kite fishing see our information page on kite fishing strategies. The kite makes the bait appear to be jumping out of the water. We also fish this style bait on or just below the surface. The bait is placed behind the boat and set in the out riggers. We also fish this same bait in the middle of the water column. We lower the bait with a lead of one to three pounds and suspend the rig at a depth with a floating jug or balloon.
You may here us yell “On The WIRE!!!!”, thats our favorite bait. We place the same rig on the bottom attached to wire fishing line by a rig we created called the “Cloths Hanger”. The cloths hanger is a triangle shaped spreader bar that keeps the bait and leader from tangling around the main fishing line. The cloths hanger also keeps the bait appearing to be swimming wounded like, across the bottom. The wire shark fishing bait is held near the bottom by a five pound lead. We get the lead “Bouncing” on the bottom, this consistent sound we like to say “Rings The Dinner Bell”.
Shark Fishing Live Bait Tactics
Shark fishing off Miami and Miami Beach with live bait and be truly exiting. Our favorite live bait for Shark Fishing is the live Bonita, also called “Flips” or “Bullets”. These baits are from about eight inches to over three pounds. We catch these baits trolling small feathers over wrecks in 40′ to over 200′ of water depth. The higher the relief of the wreck the better the bait fishing can be. We have two, 250 gallon live wells specifically designed and built to keep these fragile but amazing baits alive. We fish these baits either on the surface attached to the out riggers or on a down rigger or both. We slow troll the baits either with or against the current, depending on the wind and currents of the day. The rigs we use consists of about 12 feet of #9 single strand steel piano wire connected with a Haywire Twist to a 7/0 to 12/0 hook depending on the size of the bait. We have caught almost every shark available off our coast using this method. The tackle that we fish these baits on are as light as 20 lb on Shimano Tyrnos reels to 30 lb on Penn 30TW’s or as heavy as 80 pound line on Penn 70VS. The largest shark that we have caught on a live Bonita, was a 600+ pound Great Gray Hammerhead Shark on a Penn 30TW. That fish was an almost four hour fight, epic Shark Fishing at it’s best!