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mike22ca
06-01-2006, 09:17 AM
Well I think Tattoofish, levelwind, and I are going to go try and get into some leopard sharks this weekend. We'll most likely be launching from the Berkeley area. Where are some good areas to hit? Anyone have GPS coordinates :D? Lemme know fellas...pm or post back! Thanks!

fishingchef
06-01-2006, 10:04 AM
we did good this weekend anchored behind tresure island in the 40 foot hole. pretty much none stop action.

sunracer1957
06-01-2006, 10:13 AM
Whats the prefered set up for Leopards?? can anyone share?? what bait??

mike22ca
06-01-2006, 10:38 AM
Midshipmen are the best thing I know of. People use squid a lot and some times salmon parts to Ive heard. I just use a sturgeon type rig with like a 4/0 Octopus hook.

keciga1
06-01-2006, 10:43 AM
I have always used sturgie rigs for the sharks. For bait have some squid, mackarel and if you can get your hands on some midshipmen that would be your best bet, I just can't find it anywhere. I caught my biggest shark on midshipmen. If you do find it let me know where, It will stay on your hook for ever, the fish is very tough, slimy and rubbery. Good luck and let us know how you do.

tattooed_angler
06-01-2006, 12:00 PM
Any idea where I can get a good live well bucket preferbly one about 10 to 15 gallons that will hold ancovies for Mike levelwind and me this weekend.

keciga1
06-01-2006, 12:07 PM
Fisherman's warehouse I belive has them, also West Marine if you have one out there. There is one out in Oakland. You can also use a cooler.

kromebrite
06-01-2006, 12:10 PM
First it was the defenseless little crappie at Clear Lake, now you guys are going to gang up on the leopard shark!!?? ;D ;D

Knock 'em dead ;)

I think you can go larger on those hooks, up to 9/0.Sturgeon slider rig. Midshipmen reduces the ray bites.
Now, there seems to be two schools of thought on clicker or no clicker. I like no clicker on, let them hang themselves. Lost too many letting them "run" with the bait. JMHO.

mike22ca
06-01-2006, 12:18 PM
Well we have to have something to target between, Crappie, Salmon, Amador Trout, and shad lol.



First it was the *defenseless little crappie at Clear Lake, now you guys are going to gang up on the *leopard shark!!?? ;D ;D

Knock 'em dead ;)

I think you can go larger on those hooks, up to 9/0.Sturgeon slider rig. Midshipmen reduces the ray bites.
Now, there seems to be two schools of thought on clicker or no clicker. I like no clicker on, let them hang themselves. Lost too many letting them "run" with the bait. JMHO.

keciga1
06-01-2006, 12:24 PM
I have caught them on up to a 10/0 hook

J1bigfish
06-01-2006, 01:47 PM
What are midshipmen?

keciga1
06-01-2006, 04:09 PM
Fish that are excelent bait for sharks. They look like this

http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/7083/slide10specklefinmidshipman1bi.jpg

http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/8514/midshipman3pi.gif

ric1ric
06-01-2006, 04:13 PM
Do you use them alive?

tattooed_angler
06-01-2006, 04:20 PM
Krome we leave no fish untouched LOL ;D next salmon have to watch out especially for Mike at the dam combat fishing he's a slayerLOL

krzyfshrmn
06-01-2006, 04:25 PM
If you can catch them, use them live. They work just fine dead from what I've heard though. I think the Petaluma bait shop has them frozen, but I'm not 100% sure on it.

As far as a bait tank goes, go to Wal-mart and buy a cheap plastic cooler. You can get a 10 or 15 gallon size for about $12. Buy an aireator and drill the proper size hole in the lid of the cooler to slip the hose through, attach the bubbler and you're done. I've never used mine for chovies, but it works great for Gills, Squaws, and minnows.

keciga1
06-01-2006, 04:51 PM
Does anyone know if any baitshop in the east bay sell midshipmen, I've been looking for them at the local bait shop for about 2yrs and they havent had them.

krzyfshrmn
06-01-2006, 05:03 PM
I think the best way to get them is just to catch them yourself in the rocks and rip-rap at low tide.

mike22ca
06-02-2006, 08:02 AM
I heard that chovies die quickly in square enclosers. I heard if you have a round one they'll last a long time....something about them all going in the circle with no corners to run into.

mike22ca
06-02-2006, 08:07 AM
Every time that Ive used midshipmen for bait we just used half frozen chunks of them, and the leopards are like RIGHT on that stuff. They remind me of big bullheads.

keciga1
06-02-2006, 09:45 AM
They do look like big bullheads somewhat.

keciga1
06-02-2006, 09:46 AM
They are much slimier and tougher then bullheads.

HawaiianHooker
06-02-2006, 12:33 PM
Those midshipman look like what we call "Gobies", are they the same thing?

Best bait I've found for Sharks in the Bay is Squid...we use to spray it with WD40 when it was ok to do so and sharks went crazy for them.

oregonhunter
06-02-2006, 01:50 PM
Do the tides matter with the Leopards? I always thought you wanted to fish incoming but don't know.

Oregonhunter

levelwined
06-02-2006, 05:01 PM
Krome we leave no fish untouched LOL ;D
Even the cows on the banks of the delta aint aint safe with us ::) :-?

MoMoney
06-02-2006, 06:47 PM
The sharks seem to bite on both tides and I usually catch most right after and before slack tide.At slack tide you gotta eat lunch and take a break cuz the rays seem to eat lunch at slack tide.