Best rig/bait and spot to catch leopards?

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  1. ethan1991

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    I am in the Point Loma area
     
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    PM Fishtricks. He is the MASTER of catching leopard sharks. Maybe he will divulge some secrets. I don't have exact locations, but I can tell you the bait of choice for leopard sharks is cut squid. Make sure you have some head pieces on there because the tentacles give it some nice action in the water. I've caught several big leopard sharks drifting the main channel next to the Coronado Bridge (pilings 18 & 19). You cannot anchor there, so you will have to be in drift. Make sure you have a stout leader because the Leopard Shark will bite through your line. Use circle hooks to get the hookset into the corner of the mouth to avoid this. Most big Leopard Sharks in SD Bay are caught south of the bridge.

    Good luck.
     
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    Thank you for the info, do you know if cut sting ray will work for bait?
     
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    Works for great whites, so I hear
     
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    Live 6 inch stingray drifted off zuniga would be my first choice fpr leopards..
     
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    Sounds like more for goliath grouper type of fishing lol.
     
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    Lol.. No jack crevalle to use for bait around here.. Lmao
     
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    Or a 15lb Bonitas en masse
     
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    Squid (IMHO) is the best bait for Leopard Sharks. Squid spoils faster than anything else on this planet. Not sure why, but it gets exceedingly stinky, and it puts off a nice stink trail. If you wanted to try something else (never tried this before), take a few sardines or anchovies, and mince them up. Then take a small piece of pantyhose, and create a little pocket for for the mash. Then thread your hook through the seam on the top to sew it shut. It creates a baby chum sac. You could even mix in some fish or squid oil, OR go to your local butcher and ask for a tub of pig or beef blood to mix in. I think the best way to treat this would actually be to get an ice tray and freeze the little chum blocks. Then pop them frozen into the pantyhose to slowly thaw as you drift them along on the bottom. Like I said, I've never tried this but I think it could work beautifully. I've never tried this because I've never specifically targeted 1 species in the bay. I go out to get my line bent, and I'm indiscriminate and appreciative of whatever bites (except maybe for lizard fish). But I have caught several Leopard Sharks south of the Coronado Bridge, a few of which were sizable.

    Cheers
     
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    sand bass right

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    HOLY SHYT, thats one sickly looking sandie.. and I've seen a sandie or two as a deckhand...
     
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    This was caught on Naval Base Point Loma using squid , 4oz weight and 3 way swivel
     
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    H-how? Are you part of the military? Also I would try using a 1oz if your fishing from shore like that.. It may if you have a rock problem. Seriously though that sandie looks like it needs some TLC and then some.
     
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    Yea I'm stationed here, funnything is i caught him as I was reeling in. I was thinking about fishing from the sea wall but I feel it might be too shallow.
     
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    Too shallow for 4oz, but definitely not too shallow ;)
     
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    If your going to be fishing from there for a while, you should consider using some soft plastics in the future..
     
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    Do they have those out here?! I
     
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    Last March I had one check me out when I was in a kayak off of La Jolla.. scared the hell out of me, and I though it was cool af. Their chill though, I don't think anyone on here has ever had a potentially fatal encounter.
     
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