sounds like the techniques we use are fairly similar. We slide live baits, as well as large dead baits up to 3 pounds on occasion. Have a look at
for a better description than I could give of how we slide a bait. Another method is to swim a live bait like a 12 pound smaller shark by releasing him in the water pinned with a couple of big hooks. Let him swim out a couple of hundred yards and hold him in place, until something bigger and nastier spots him.
A 9 1/2 foot hammer is an awesome catch. Our larger hammers don't come that close to shore, but the lttle guy's (typically 40 to 50 pounds) put up a great fight. A 9 1/2 footer must have really tested you. Any tiger or Zambi is also a great catch. WOW !!
On our east coast we catch the odd Zambezi, and Tiger shark, but this is fairly specialised using large skates as bait with very heavy terminal tackle. Ideally you need to kayak out the bait
. We also get hook ups with great whites, but it is very uncommon to land these monsters. I only heard of one great white being landed last year in South Africa, and that was a small shark of 240 pounds. We also get a lot of large ragged tooth sharks, quite a number in the region of 500 pounds are coming out, but they don't put up much of a fight. We also get grey sharks (the large guy's don't come close to shore, but there's plenty of smaller guy's around) and Black Fin shark, which are considered gamefish. Other monsters are large skates, rays and sand sharks.
The most fun we have is wading out to chest depth, sometimes a little deeper to get to a sand bank, to cast for greater distance in shark infested water.