I made the 4 hour drive over to the east coast today to fish with Capt. Quintin Hall for sharks on fly. I had fished with Quinton last year at about the same time but the weather was not the best. It was overcast and dreary for most of the day. Not that we didn’t catch fish it was just terrible photos and sight fishing opportunities.
Today would be different. It was bright, sunny, winds from the west making seas very calm. This time of year spinner sharks are very abundant and concentrated on the beaches. Catching isn’t really that hard but catching them on fly takes a little bit of skill.
Spinners sharks are cool because they are pretty athletic when they get hooked. They jump, they spin and they are excellent fighters. Catching these guys on fly would be a blast, especially on a blue bird day like today.
Nice spring weather so a jacket was necessary this morning. We got into pompano, blue runners and bluefish before we started to look for the pods of spinners and black tips which was fun in itself.
The afternoon was when the pods of fish showed up big or at least that was when we located them. There were free jumpers all around us at one point. The sharks are so think at one spot, there was a boat for National Geographic filming some underwater footage there.
Using bait was a no brainer so we concentrated on getting them on fly. Using a bright orange/red/yellow fly, we got a bunch of last second refusal but we still manage to hook about 5 of them on fly and landing 2 or 3. The conditions were awesome for some underwater shots as well. Once we got enough top water shots I jump in the water and shot some photos as well. We opted to use conventional gear for this part to get more control of the shark. After all these are sharks so you never know what they will do especially after they are hooked and agitated.
The 8 hour round trip drive was definitely well worth the shots I got today. The lighting could not have been better and Quinton was the man and knew pretty much was needed to get angles and teasing the fish to eat on top. We pretty much left those fish biting as I had to make the long drive home.
Photo notes: Sharks has got to be one of the hardest fish to photograph jumping.(probably why you don’t see many tact shark jump shots) They are random and most species do not jump. Bill fish on the other are pretty darn easy compared to sharks, cudas, tarpon, even Spanish mackerel. Let’s just say sails are much more predictable.
Can you spot the skiff in the shot bellow?
Knock Knock, is James Bond 007 in there?