Tips for safely and effectively releasing large sharks & rays from the pier?

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  1. OPERATOR SPECTRE

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    I'm wondering some tactics for safely releasing large sharks from a pier that are not being kept.
    Should I just cut the line?
     
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    No sir.
     
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    Large hoop net. Possibly lasso for sharks?
     
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    Trying to get a lasso around a sharks tail off a pier sounds like pure hell. I did see a picture of a white shark earlier off oceanside pier with a tail rope on it. I wonder how they did it.

    Hoop nets are great but I did some research and the only hoop nets that can support a 90+ pound fish are usually steel framed custom built ones. Mine definitely cant lift up a fish that big..
     
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    Cut the line. No safe way for the fish.
     
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    You put the butt of the rod through the lasso then let it fall down the line.
     
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    This, hoopnet, or just fish from the sand. Much easier to release one from shore. Easily take pics and measurements, plus the fight is better.
     
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    Well, I'm gonna do both styles of fishing. Sometimes you can catch threshers from the pier. Never seen one caught off the beach before.
     
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    Much rarer to do, I have seen it though. Personally, I think the other sharks (other than mako and thresher, that is) are all more abundant in the surf if you know what to look for
     
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    Interesting.. I really would love to learn what to look for in the surf because I want to start shark fishing from the shore. Any advice would be warmly welcomed.
     
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    I have done some research on it but have about zero hands on experience.
     
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    Haven't done it much in recent years, that said, you don't need any really expensive or fancy gear... Despite what some folks would tell you..
     
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    Heavy line, steel leader, toss fresh bloody bait as far as you can. Learn extra profanities for all the kelp and eelgrass snags you will suffer.

    You will develop a new level of hate for swimmers, surfers, and yappy tourists.
     
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    I would just do a search on it within the forums and you'll find all you're looking for and bring up some past reports from those, including myself, who have had some success in landing some good-sized sharks from the surf.
     
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    Thanks for all the tips. I'm guessing night time is also ideal?
     
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    Less swimmers, surfers, and yappy people. Same kelp and eelgrass
     
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    What’s your gear lookin like? Never want to shark fish under gunned.
    I use-
    12ft Penn rated at 4-10oz
    Torium 20hg
    250yrds 65lb braid topped with roughly 100 of 40lb mono
    200lb nylon steel leader crimped too 100lb mono rub leader with an 11/0 triple wide gap circle hook and I don’t go more than usually a 6oz Sputnik.

    As werfless said you don’t need fancy or expensive gear. Just something that can hold its own.
     
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    Right now I do have a pretty expensive setup lol. I paid like 150 bucks less than usual on it though . 9 foot phenix axis (traded my ten foot for it, much sturdier) and an avet hx 4.2 with 100lb braid, 60lb mono topshot and some extra rub leader. I'll be using a 6oz pyramids or sputniks. I also have a lighter 20-40 8 foot calstar clone I got for really cheap (its pretty indestructible) with a daiwa sealine 20-sha. I need new line for that one.
     
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    Nice! My buddy just picked up either the mx or hx g2 over the weekend. and that thing is wicked for shark fishing lol.
     
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