Myrtle Beach Sharkin E-mail
Thursday, 24 September 2009 07:36

I got back last night at about midnight after a great 8 days at Myrtle Beach. I brought my kayak down again and had perfect weather every day with temps in the low 90's with a nice ocean breeze.

The shark fishing was great with about 50 sharks landed in the 5 trips I made in front of the hotel. Most of the sharks were about 3-4 feet with some much smaller and about 6 that were over 6 feet long.

Here is the smallest for the week that I caught while trying for live bait.
tiny shark caught at Myrtle Beach
Here is a picture of the pods of bunker that were up and down the beach during the day. When I found a pod like this, it was game on. There were sharks crashing through the school of 6 in. bunker throughout the day.

Myrtle Beach
Here is a picture of the average size. If the shark was under 4 feet I would grab it to remove the hook. If they were bigger, I tried my best to remove the hook while he was still in the water.

another kayak caught shark
There were a bunch of spanish mackerel that were crashing around the bunker and to take a break from the sharks, I would cast a small tin and catch just about as many as I wanted. The rod I had was a bit big for the mackerel but they are a great fighting fish.

Here are a few pictures of the bigger sharks from the trip.
a better shark from the trip
Another one.
another shot
Here is another one of the sharks that was about 6 feet. It was pretty easy when I found the bunker. I would cast a treble hook into the school and reel in as fast as I could. If I left the bunker on the hook for more than a few seconds, it would take the treble hook and bunker. I tried to change over to a single hook, but sometimes I could not get the bunker in fast enough.

a full length shot of one of the sharks
Here is a picture of the last shark I caught on the trip. I casted into a school of bunker and snagged a shark! I can't imagine how many sharks there were in each school to snag a shark. This shark took me about 20 minutes to reel in. I thought I had an 8 footer on before I realized that it was foul hooked.

snagged sharkI hooked a few that were just too big for the gear I had. They would take about 200 feet of line, jump a couple of times and break off.

Next year I have to bring bigger gear and hope to land a couple that broke me off.

The conditions were great the whole week except for one day that the surf was very very rough. That day I made it out OK, but crashed on the landing.
My kayak in front of our lodging
Thank god there was a nice palm tree near my car to hang all the gear to dry.

Danny V

 

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