SD Bay Shark targeting

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  1. natural_one

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    Whats up!

    Looking for a couple tips on shark fishing from a skiff in SD bay. Dont need your spots, happy to put in the work on that aspect. Ideally looking for leopard sharks.
    First thought is to anchor up on a channel edge, maybe 20' deep, in south bay, chum mack chunks, and throw out a couple carolina rig mack chunks on 8/0 circle hooks on the clickers. I've seen some do an egg sinker and a float 1' deeper than the water they fish. This sounds fun too...anyone do this method?

    Do I catch an incoming tide, chum heavy and slide down 100' below the chum line?
    Is a slack tide easier to manage?
    Should my weight keep the bait on the bottom, or let it slowly drift?

    This is strictly CPR for some young dudes that want to feel a good pull in the bay. Definitely not my norm.
    Thanks! Appreciate any tips! Otherwise, I'll be blindly doing the above!
     
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    I am not an expert in what you are attempting.. with that, I would start at slack tide and chum (not hard, consistency is more important than volume usually), either into the channel on an outgoing tide or onto the flats on the incoming. The farther the tide pushes your chum, I would suspect it would increase your odds. Until you get it dialed in, I would go with three rigs, one on a balloon, drifted back a hundred yards , one knocker rig much closer, and one flyline if the current permits it...
     
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    I’ve never targeted them from a boat, only from shore. Just remember fresh is best.

    Glad to see your name pop up again. Hope all is well with the fam!
     
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    I'll second what Werfless said and just add if you really are targeting Leo's spend a few hours at the beach and catch yourself some surf perch, from my experience its 3 to 1 over mackeral. 5" and under. Ut the va k half off just after the dorsal fin and bigger models cut in half. Circle hooks will help with the hook setting as kitty's tend to mouth the bait a bit before the swallow it
     
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  5. natural_one

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    Yo! Thx for the tip.
    Just got the skiff running. Let me know if you ever get a weekday morning. Weekends are hard for me. Would love to get you out.
     
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    Following :emoji_call_me::emoji_grin:
     
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    Will do, thanks ;)
     
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    You’re on the right track! Fresh bloody Mackerel in 14-18ft along the edges of the Channels has been producing Leo’s on almost every trip. No huge ones yet but lots in the 4-4.5ft range. Carolina Rig with 7/0 circle or J hook. I’ve been starting to lean towards the J Hook as I miss way more bites with a circle hook. Float rig works well too and is a lot of fun to fish. Same setup as a Carolina rig but with a slightly shorter leader and a float/ bobber stopper above the egg sinker. Just set the rubber bobber stopper a little deeper than the water you’re fishing.

    Sometimes you got to be patient out there. Can be almost an hour before you get bit but i’ve found the longer you go without getting bit the better chance you have that it’s going to be a Leo. If you’re getting swarmed by smaller rays you may need to make a move.

    The channel that runs along the Coronado golf course is a good place to start.

    Eric

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    Risentidefishing great advice. thanks bro!

    Had a BLAST on saturday. Mid afternoon, incoming tide.
    Something I've never done. Hit the flats on the anchor, chucked two rods out w circle hooks with a combination of squid I bought and dead chovies a boat handed over at the ramp. Within minutes we had lines screaming and my 6yr old hanging on for dear life fighting a slew of rays and shovelnose. No Leopards yet... need to make some macs soon.
    Thanks for the tips!




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    - are sharks/rays/guitarfish active at night?
     
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    More active, usually..
     
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    According to my logs my catch of Sharks and Ray's at night is almost 3 to 1 over daytime, SNGF not counted in this.
     
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    You will want to put an X in the bottom of the boat at that spot! Sounds like you found a honey hole!
     
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