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CLICK HERE FOR A HOW-TO ON CATCHING SHARKS
BY: Manuel Z

HOW TO AVOID A SHARK ATTACK

Blacktip Shark

Blacktip Shark

  Often mistaken for: Sand Shark, spinner shark, Spotfin or ground shark

Description: The conspicuously black-tipped fins give this species its name. It is dark gray, bluish or dusky bronze above, white or yellowish white below.

  Habitat/Habit: Blacktip sharks are common in the Gulf of Mexico and live in temperate and tropical waters around the world. Blacktip and other sharks can replace worn or missing teeth. The new teeth grow in rows behind the old ones and when a tooth comes out, a new one moves forward to fill in the gap.

Fishing tips: Use cut fish around jetty passes or In the Surf; chumming helps to draw them into your fishing area.

 

BULL SHARK

BULL SHARK

 

Other names: Cub shark, Ground shark

Description: Bull sharks can be recognized by their heavy, wide head and blunt, rounded snout. They are gray above and white below. Adults have no conspicuous fin markings while fins on the young may have darker edges.

  Habitat/Habit: Bull sharks are common off the coast of Texas and live in most of the subtropical and tropical oceans of the world. Unlike most sharks, bull sharks can live in fresh as well as salt water. Here in Texas, they've been found many miles upriver from the Gulf.

Fishing tips: They are known to show a preference for shark meat when it is used for bait and are one of the most common shark species caught by Texas anglers.

 

Hammerhead
Shark

Great Hammerhead Shark

 

Other names: hammerhead

Description: Hammerheads are large, even by shark standards, growing to more than 15 feet long. Large as they are, these sharks can turn quickly with the help of their broad, flat heads. Hammerheads' eyes and nostrils are at the outer ends of their odd-looking heads, making it easier to see and smell food with.

 

Habitat/Habit: Most commonly found off the beachfront and into the deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Most are active fighters when hooked by reef, Surf and boat anglers. The flesh is edible, although not choice.

Fishing tips: Use cut fish for bait

 

Lemon Shark

Lemon Shark

  Other Names: N/A

Description: Lemons are a yellowish Brown above to a very pale yellow (almost white) below with a blunt snout. This sharks has 2 almost identical dorsal fins. Like other sharks, lemon sharks have no bones in their bodies. Instead, their skeletons are made from cartilage, the same tough but flexible material that forms the tip of your nose.

  Habit/Habitat: Lemon sharks often swim around docks and piers or cruise near the surface of offshore waters.

 

Fishing Tips: You can fish for lemons sharks with Flies and Lures cast right in front of them. These sharks are very strong and will give an awesome fight.

 

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