No sharks took an interest in the bait, but we spotted two tarpon of about 30-40 lbs. that came quite close to the boat. They didn't spook but just ambled off out of sight. Then we saw their wakes coming back toward the boat...we were in 2-3 feet of water so any fish of that size will throw a surface wake. They kept on coming toward where the ladyfish was drifting at the end of my line.
The two tarpon circled the ladyfish three times and then one grabbed it. I picked up the rod, closed the clicker, and let the line come tight. As the ladyfish was on a circle hook, I couldn't set the hook...just had to let it come tight so the hook would turn and grab the tarpon's lip. The line came tight. I felt the tarpon's weight on the line, and then it all went slack. The hook had not done its job.
Bummer. Would have liked to get at least one jump out of the fish.
Later on I had a shark, not a bonnethead, turn and come at my shark fly...but he declined to bite.
I don't know what these birds are, but they're pretty.