Fishing Report:

Sandbar Sharks

Author: #TeamDorsal

Sandbar sharks like the sandy bottoms of coastal areas, and is known for seasonal migration. A by-catch often caught when targeting other species. It averages 6 feet long and about 110-150 lbs. Because it has a high fin-to-body weight ratio, the sandbar sharks have been targeted by commercial fishers, but it has a long growth and reproduction cycle so it is earning selected protected status in many areas. This brownish-gray shark has a recognizably large and triangular dorsal fin. Juvenile sandbar sharks may fall prey to large sharks including the bull shark , however adults have few if any predators. Octopus is a common food item of the sandbar shark. When caught gills must remained submerged at all times. If removal of the hook causes delay you must cut the cable as close to the hook as possible. Sandbar sharks must be released without delay. Have someone in your team who can take pictures during hook removal and release. As seen in the picture above a action shot of the shark while it was immediately being pushed back out into the water. These sharks play a very important role in our waters and are needed to help maintain balance. Use a minimum of 80lb bullbuster braid on your reels and make sure you have a reel capable of atleast 35lbs drag. They will give you a good two runs before coming in fast. They are usually pretty green when you get them up so keep your safety in mind as they can spin around very fast. Although they have never attacked a human when threatened all sharks can defend themselves. Use non stainless steel hooks to make sure they rust. Below is a link to all rules and regulations for sandbar sharks. #TeamDorsal

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