How to de hook large sharks from piers

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    I fish piers with large amounts of juvenile great whites in the area, so they are a super common bycatch when targeting other species such as thresher soupfin, and leopard sharks. if I accidentally hook on to a baby great white how would I go about releasing it from the pier without leaving tackle in the fish and losing rigs?
     
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    swami 805

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    sunk it
    Use hooks that rust out quickly and not high end designer hooks. Still be a shity deal, I guess you could try to beach it
     
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    dsl

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    I fish piers with large amounts of juvenile great whites in the area, so they are a super common bycatch when targeting other species such as thresher soupfin, and leopard sharks. if I accidentally hook on to a baby great white how would I go about releasing it from the pier without leaving tackle in the fish and losing rigs?
    For Fun?
     
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    Blackfish

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    Beach it...but make sure you have a license. Once you step on the beach, a valid fishing license required. and be ready to be harassed by tree huggers. hahha

    And don't drag it into a swimmer or surfer. LOL
     

    Texas Tuna

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    Walk it down. I have released a number of LARGE hammerheads and ST's caught off a pier that were walked down to the surf. As long as you keep part of it below the water line and do what you need to fast nothing bad will happen. Don't try working the hook out. Cut the shank. In some places people might annoy you but I haven't had too many bad experiences. Most people are really interested and just want to take pictures.
     
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    Walk it down. I have released a number of LARGE hammerheads and ST's caught off a pier that were walked down to the surf. As long as you keep part of it below the water line and do what you need to fast nothing bad will happen. Don't try working the hook out. Cut the shank. In some places people might annoy you but I haven't had too many bad experiences. Most people are really interested and just want to take pictures.
    That sounds about the best option. I've been using cheap circle hooks from amazon for larger fish off the pier and beach. Need to add a harbor fright bolt cutters to my kit.
     
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    NaClAddict

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    What kind of leader you running? swivel gaff? I mean who cares if it pops off? drag it to the beach and cut the leader close? careful bouncing calicos is touchy around here and what some are advising could be seen as a citable offense.
     
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