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: Sharks on the flats

08-26-2002, 12:50 PM
I have been to Cape Cod and fished the Monomoy flats. I have been fishing a spot here in NC that looks just like it. Clear water near an inlet. Water flushing by all the time. Big schools of gamefish. Not stripers however, redfish. Upwards of 30 inches. All of them! My only problem is the sharks. I know you guys love to wade the Monomoy flats. I would not recommend it here. The schools of redfish all seem to have one or two sharks keeping them company. Reminds me of border collies sometimes, the way they run around the flocks of sheep to jump out at stragglers. Needless to say we don't do much wading in this situation. I like my legs just the size and shape they are. I also had to watch yesterday while a redfish that was pretty close to the size of one I had just released, got attacked by a shark. The red jumped clear of the water numerous times before the shark got ahold. Then the water was full of blood as the head portion of the red floated there. The shark came back and finished the job shortly thereafter. It was spectacular and would have been even more so if I didn't feel like I had contributed to the demise of that redfish. I have been thinking about possibly keeping caught fish in a livewell (I have a pretty big one) and releasing them in the shallows away from the rest of the school (and henceforth the sharks) but I don't think think our local fish cops would get it, especially since there has been some poaching. All of the fish from these schools are over the slot limit.
Any suggestions? Any similar experience?

08-26-2002, 02:25 PM
Gordon...what kind of Sharks are they? We don't see them much here while wading...but i have seen small Brown sharks a couple years ago at Monomoy...none this year though.

08-26-2002, 02:52 PM
They are blacktips. And even though I don't know for sure if I have seen them on the flats, there are enough bull sharks around here to make me think twice about EVER getting in the water. Let me list the sharks I have seen that I can definiteley identify in the waters I fish in around the Cape Lookout area:
Tiger (very big ones too)
Lemon (swam within rod length of me)
and of course the ever present dogfish.

Unidentified sharks have also eaten numerous false albacore off of my line from time to time.

Plenty of teeth to go around. I don't swim at the beach from here all the way to Florida. Just too many of them.

08-26-2002, 03:09 PM
Yikes...that list has the bad boys in it...Black Tips and Bulls particularly... There is some theory that the shark attacks off the New Jersey coast back in 1916 was not a great white but a Bull Shark.

08-26-2002, 06:43 PM
We see a lot of lemon sharks on the bonefish flats in the Bahamas and Carribean. The problem is they are generally moving in a very lazy fashion and it's easy to foget how quickly they can turn dangerous. A couple of season ago I had hooked into a career bonefish which made three very long runs. As I was recovering line from the third run I noticed a yellow flash out of the corner of my eye. A 6ft lemon was doing high speed zig-zags homing in on the distressed bonefish. It was exteremely determined and I could see the inevitable even when there was still 50yards between the shark and the bonefish. I yanked the line & the leader broke. About 75 yards further out the lemons tail waved in the air as if to let me know who the alpha predator is around here!

08-27-2002, 11:41 AM
Blacktips & lemons in the Key's, pole right up to them during their afternoon siesta, drag a live crab across their head, poke 'em in the eye to wake 'em up.

Our guide showed me how quickly they come around one day. We killed a cud, butterlied it & hung it off the transom. Within 15 miuntes we had around 10 sharks near the boat.

Of course, I may have been hiding behind the center console as one that my buddy hooked left the water about 3' from the boat!

Or, they come flying out of nowhere to snack on your baby tarpon.

I love sharks - great fun, need to get a boat & see if I can bust my #14 on one.

08-27-2002, 11:53 AM
I have seen the lemon sharks tailing bonefish in places like the Bahamas and FL Keys. Ever have trouble with them north of me here in NC while flats fishing?
Any suggestions to keep released fish from becoming a scene from a Spielberg movie?

08-29-2002, 12:21 PM
Got to watch a few sharks, lemon shark and one hammerhead, get caught in Ascension Bay, out from Punta Allen, this past April.
First one got hooked as a buddy was fighting a cobrara snapper on his fly rod and Mr Shark ate it. His partner cast a plug at it and the fight began. They spent the next couple hours catching sharks on plugs and some bait. They were in the panga near us and it was fun to watch. None of us had heavy enough sticks to try the flyrods.
I have seen two sharks on the flats of west Monomoy. One last year, one this year. Don't know what type they were, but both got my attention!