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Jekyll Island Shark Fishing

A buddy of mine is getting married very soon, and with any marriage comes a bachelor party. Well, being the grizzly men that my friends tend to be, the party was scheduled to take place on Jekyll Island, camping and shark fishing for 4 days. The only problem is that none of us had ever sharked fished from a beach before, but with the help of the internet, and the Shark Fishing Handbook, we had a vague idea of what we needed to prepare for, but still were pretty clueless when it came to actually putting a real man eater on the sand.

Since none of us had ever shark fished from the sand before, we had to acquire all the necessary gear.  Thanks to Craigslist, we found a screaming deal on a Penn 9/0 Senator reel and matching rod.  Thanks to a friend who works at a manufacturing supply house, we were able to get all the steel cable we needed for leaders and, as luck would have it, we also tracked down a kayak.  So, for a total investment of right around $100, we were ready to hit the beach.

When we got to Jekyll the first thing we noticed was just how swift the current was.  Granted, none of us were big surf fishermen, but we have also never experienced such swift current with almost zero waves.  Still, we had prepared for big current and big waves, with over 14lbs of lead to weight our baits down, so we were off and fishing.

As we fished, we were able to slowly refine our techniques, and on the second day/night of fishing, we had everything down pat.  Instead of using lead to hold our baits, we would tie on a rock to the line, using 15lb monofilament line.  When a fish would bite, the line would easily break, allowing us to fight just the fish and no additional weight on the line.  This was also nice when it came time to check baits.  Instead of dragging in a giant weight (which was a real bear), we were able to snap the line holding the rock on, and it was much easier to reel in the line.

Through the 3 nights and 4 days of fishing we caught countless small sharks, a couple very large rays and 3 nice sized lemon sharks.  The favorite bait seemed to be a bonita in the 1.5lb – 2lb range.  We did have a large, 5lb or so bait out the last night, but it never got touched.  For a group of first timers, we all went home feeling like the trip was a success, returning home with all our limbs in tact, and wanting to all get back on the beach in the near future.