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Mar 21st, 2009, 8:19am
 
Hello Folks,
 
I have been getting out on the salt almost every weekend. While I have progressively improved my fly tying skills and my ability to bring in barred perch, I am really interested in getting at some of the other species that I routinely see in the water. Lately, I have seen large guitarfish (2-3) cruising the sands, saw brown colored sharks (3-4) cruising the waves, and saw a halibut swim off just below my feet.  
 
Do you all have any fly suggestions and techniques for getting at the sharks? I don't think my shooting head sinking line (T-11 LC) will work for the sharks as they seem to be to high on water column. I was thinking about using my floating line,  a bite tip  with a large Clouser (olive and blue blend with white belly).
 
What about the guitarfish? I have hooked two by accident (I think) on a dropper with a PMC and orange ruffy fly?
 
Anyone catching anything else besides the barred perch right now?
 
Thanks in advance for your reply.
 
Dunes
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Reply #1 - Mar 21st, 2009, 8:55pm
 
Not sure what the brown sharks you saw are. Did they have spots? Mark Johnson tied into a couple of leopard sharks today. Shovelnose (guitarfish) are common in the local surf. Both the leopard shark and the shovelnose are sometimes caught and often snagged, using the same technique and line you would use for the perch and corbina. Clousers work well for the halibut, chartreuse and white is a good color. Under most circumstances, a floating line would be difficult to manage in the surf; you probably should stick with the sinking head. On occasion, when the surf is small, I have used an intermediate line when fishing in the skinny water for corbina.
 
A variety of fish were caught today by the Abel Tour group. I'll do a post with some pics later.
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