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Old 07-25-2020, 07:24 AM
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I've got alot of experience shark fishing off New Jersey but moved to OCMD this past Spring.

My nephew and a couple of his friends are coming down tomorrow and I'd like to get them on some sharks as even 4 foot browns can be exciting for people new to saltwater fishing.

Can anyone recommend a spot within 15-20 miles of the inlet that could produce?

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Old 07-25-2020, 09:40 AM
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There are some lumps only a couple miles from the inlet that will produce sharks.
Just found my old "map" try sea rover wreck, used to have R-4 buoy. 138 degrees and 5.8 miles from CG station.
You will also run over Little Gull Bank 17-23' of water and also OC artifical reef.

Probably still sell the map in tackle shops. Ocean City Fishing and recreational Map. Was $1.00. Shows out as far as Jackspot and has the bay to the delaware line.

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Chum a mile off the beach and you will likely be fine.
Old 07-27-2020, 11:25 AM
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Great just in time. So we operating our little bit bigger boat for a few years now. In OC and have been out a few times up to 50 miles, we could but are not going out 100 miles. We are a family of inexperienced pelagic fisher people. It’s just so much work, money and distance to not get any action. Let’s be real even the guys that know what there doing come back with Zeros some times. For us, a little shark action would be great, I don’t think we have to go that far, 2 to 5 maybe 10 miles and maybe we can get some rods bending.

we have tried a few times, we have caught some small sharks less 2 feet and one thresher 5 feet maybe without tail.

So I also have questions

I’m seeing temperature ranges, maybe to hot?

Do the sharks care about water quality or is it a scent thing? A few times the water has been crappy looking?

we have floated one sometimes two chum bags or buckets, I think I read somewhere it’s better to weigh it down, get the chum several feet below the boat?

we also tried the liquid

does it matter? Open water or better near a hump or a reck?

We don’t fish early, is that a set back fir not catching we more of the 8 to 3 in the afternoon
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i think we caught the thresher about 2 miles off
OC not that far.

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Anchor on any of the humps off OCMD, put out a chum bucket and a spread of cut bait and you're in business. Have a shot at a cobia too -- definitely have a bucktail or the like rigged up in case one sniffs around that chum slick. Literally any hump will do - you shouldn't have to go far.
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Ok so the lumps are closer than say the jackspot? I’m guessing I’m going to see that on my chart? Duh, of course, no need to be near a reck? I have never fished Cobia, could the slick and chunking drawl them in?

Great I’m siked!

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Look at the South west lump and south east lumps. They are on the way to the jackspot and a good bit closer.
This time of year you may even get tuna and mahi that close in.
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Anyone have any suggestions if the chum bag should sit on top or be drawn down maybe several feet somehow?

i even heard someone say put in live well and let leach out the bottom or side do to speak to protect
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Originally Posted by jruss282sailfish View Post
Anyone have any suggestions if the chum bag should sit on top or be drawn down maybe several feet somehow?

i even heard someone say put in live well and let leach out the bottom or side do to speak to protect
some people drill holes in the bucket and just tie it off the back, i just tie the bag off out the back and put back in the bucket if need be but it stays on top. I like keeping the buckets so i dont drill holes in them
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So, I struck out sharking 2 weeks ago.
For reference, I was off Assassteague just north of the Rt 611 bridge about .8miles from shore (in the ocean)
Wind/current was headed towards northwest.
We drifted with a chum kit (5lb version of this)
https://aquaticnutrition.com/shark-c...-kit-p-86.html

Cut fillets of bluefish on hooks about 1/2 way down from balloons.
At it for 2hrs and nothing.

I maybe want to blame it on the chum but we had used a chum bucket from Atlantic tackle in the same spot last year and nothing then either.

I have boat on a canal and the peanut bunkers show up every night and its pretty easy for my 19 year old to net them and collect for home made chum. I'd need to grind it up I guess or smash with a rubber mallot
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Go to AllTackle by the Royal farms on Rt50, get a real bucket of Bunker or Mackeral chum, also pickup some Spanish Mack’s or Bonito for bait, Bluefish should also work, would head towards Big Gull/ Little Gull shoals, anchor off the shoal and throw chum bag over ( I use a net replacement “bag” with rope thru the top where net frame goes) it will cinch up and hold chum as chum block melts. Put a bait down with weight towards bottom , and another out behind boat 1/2 way down and one closer in the slick also. You may get Bluefish behind the boat, if catch a small blue cut his tail and hook him and throw him over live under a balloon, should have no issue getting dusky and sandbar / sand tigers sharks....
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Originally Posted by Mak232 View Post
Go to AllTackle by the Royal farms on Rt50, get a real bucket of Bunker or Mackeral chum, also pickup some Spanish Mack’s or Bonito for bait, Bluefish should also work, would head towards Big Gull/ Little Gull shoals, anchor off the shoal and throw chum bag over ( I use a net replacement “bag” with rope thru the top where net frame goes) it will cinch up and hold chum as chum block melts. Put a bait down with weight towards bottom , and another out behind boat 1/2 way down and one closer in the slick also. You may get Bluefish behind the boat, if catch a small blue cut his tail and hook him and throw him over live under a balloon, should have no issue getting dusky and sandbar / sand tigers sharks....
Also, get a bucket of fried chicken from the Royal Farms. I mean, you are in the parking lot.
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Originally Posted by diad View Post
Also, get a bucket of fried chicken from the Royal Farms. I mean, you are in the parking lot.
👍got that right...
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Originally Posted by diad View Post
Also, get a bucket of fried chicken from the Royal Farms. I mean, you are in the parking lot.
Amen.
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Originally Posted by Mak232 View Post
Go to AllTackle by the Royal farms on Rt50, get a real bucket of Bunker or Mackeral chum, also pickup some Spanish Mack’s or Bonito for bait, Bluefish should also work, would head towards Big Gull/ Little Gull shoals, anchor off the shoal and throw chum bag over ( I use a net replacement “bag” with rope thru the top where net frame goes) it will cinch up and hold chum as chum block melts. Put a bait down with weight towards bottom , and another out behind boat 1/2 way down and one closer in the slick also. You may get Bluefish behind the boat, if catch a small blue cut his tail and hook him and throw him over live under a balloon, should have no issue getting dusky and sandbar / sand tigers sharks....
So, open the bucket and dump the frozen block into the net bag (I have net chum bags with line)
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So, open the bucket and dump the frozen block into the net bag (I have net chum bags with line)

yup, If try inshore around the shoals, might also pick up a few live eels and do them out behind the boat and may pick up a Cobia also
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Originally Posted by Mak232 View Post
yup, If try inshore around the shoals, might also pick up a few live eels and do them out behind the boat and may pick up a Cobia also
Thx, does it matter where I set up and where the chum slick is headed?
When i last set up, the slick was headed to shore to the NW of me.
Do I set up so the slick travels across as much of the shallow area of the shoal as possible?
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We went out the other day. Went to All tackle got the set up. Forgot to get the chicken from Royal Farms should have got that. Kept everything on ice, went out on a day with 2 to 3 seas, 5 to 10 on wind out of the NE, swell 9 seconds. Well we were going 15 plus miles to the the twin wreck area. Got about 5 plus miles and it sucked felt more like 4 plus at 5 seconds we could only go like 10 knots and didn't feel like slugging it out! We set up started the slick and I started getting lines in. My Daughter got sick, I knew it was not going to be good. I cut up some more bait and 15 minutes later she got sick again, my wife looked at me and i knew. It was over, I pulled everything in and went back home. Put the fish in the Crab pot, didnt catch any crabs, put the chum bag out and netted some minnows So nothing, hoping we may get out again, maybe just do some rockfishing at night around inlet. Took kids surfing last night off 28 street, around 7:30 and the water looked like glass out their.
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jruss, that sucks when that happens,
we were out monday with family guests and they got sick but only after a haul of seabass

Anyone have some spots on the back bays that we can find sandbar sharks? I know it can be done.
PM me if you don't want it too public.
thx
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Jruss, sorry to hear about your luck. The marine forecasts have not been reliable in August.
David, I would set up near the Rte 90 bridge and try your luck there. I would, but I don't want a "grey/brown suit" to scuff up the finish on my boat.

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