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Tampa Fishing Report, Sandbar Shark

Sandbar Shark, , Passes, Catch & Release, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.
Sandbar Shark, Passes, Catch & Release, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.

Today’s Tampa Fishing Report: Sandbar Shark!

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Tampa Fishing Report, Wednesday, January 24, 2017, Florida Fishing Report – Tampa Fishing: Sandbar Sharks In Passes, Catch & Release; latest Florida Algal Bloom & Water Quality / Lake Okeechobee Update and here for Red Tide Report.

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Most of the time we fish Tampa’s flats, passes, oyster bars, inlets, and islands.  Sometimes we’ll go offshore of Tampa a couple of miles or so if we’re fishing for goliath grouper, or tarpon or sharks.

Tampa Fishing, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Big Sea Trout, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.
Tampa Fishing, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Big Sea Trout, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.

We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sportfish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Tampa fishing is some of the best in the world!  A fishing trip is a great family adventure and your children will love it!

The Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater area has some of the nicest beaches in Florida, including Ford Desoto’s North Beach, Caladesi Island and Siesta Key!

Miami Fishing Report & Charters, Sandbar Shark, Wednesday, August 17, 2016.
Miami Fishing Report & Charters, Sandbar Shark, Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

“The sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus) is a species of requiem shark, and part of the family Carcharhinidae, native to the Atlantic Ocean and the Indo-Pacific. It is distinguishable by its very high first dorsal fin and inter-dorsal ridge.[2] It is not to be confused with its similarly named shark cousin, the sand tiger sharkCarcharius taurus.[19]

The sandbar shark is also called the thick skin shark or brown shark. It is one of the biggest coastal sharks in the world and is closely related to the dusky shark, the bignose shark, and the bull shark. Its dorsal fin is triangular and very high and it has very long pectoral fins. Sandbar sharks usually have heavy-set bodies and rounded snouts that are shorter than the average shark’s snout.

Naples Fishing, Sandbar Shark, Catch & Release, Tuesday, August 9, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Sandbar Shark, Catch & Release, Tuesday, August 9, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Their upper teeth have broadly uneven cusps with sharp edges. Its second dorsal fin and anal fin are close to the same height. Females reach sexual maturity around the age of 13 with an average fork-length (tip of the nose to fork in the tail) of 154.9 cm, while males tend to reach maturity around age 12 with an average fork-length of 151.6 cm.[3] Females can grow to 2–2.5 m (6.6–8.2 ft), males up to 1.8 m (5.9 ft). Its body color can vary from a bluish to a brownish grey to a bronze, with a white or pale underside. Sandbar sharks swim alone or gather in sex-segregated schools that vary in size.

The sandbar shark, true to its nickname, is commonly found over muddy or sandy bottoms in shallow coastal waters such as bays, estuaries, harbors, or the mouths of rivers, but it also swims in deeper waters (200 m or more) as well as intertidal zones. Sandbar sharks are found in tropical to temperate waters worldwide; in the western Atlantic they range from Massachusetts to Brazil.

Tampa Fishing, Monday, 4-4-16, Sandbar Shark, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.
Tampa Fishing, Monday, 4-4-16, Sandbar Shark, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.

Juveniles are common to abundant in the lower Chesapeake Bay, and nursery grounds are found from Delaware Bayto South Carolina. Other nursery grounds include Boncuk Bay in MarmarisMuğla/Turkey[4] and the Florida Keys.[3]

Natural predators of the sandbar shark include the tiger shark, and rarely great white sharks. The sandbar shark itself preys on fish, rays, and crabs.

Sandbar sharks are viviparous. The embryos are supported in placental yolk sac inside the mother. Females have been found to exhibit both biennial and triennial reproductive cycles, ovulate in early summer, and give birth to an average of 8 pups, which they carry for 1 year before giving birth.[3] The longevity of the sandbar shark is typically 35–41 years.[5]

Miami Fishing, Sandbar Shark, Saturday, 5-21-16, Miami Fishing Report & Charters.
Miami Fishing, Sandbar Shark, Saturday, 5-21-16, Miami Fishing Report & Charters.

Sandbar sharks have been disproportionately targeted by the U.S. commercial shark fisheries in recent decades due to their high fin-to-body weight ratio, and U.S. fishing regulation requiring carcasses to be landed along with shark fins. In 2008, the National Marine Fisheries Service banned all commercial landings of sandbar sharks based on a 2006 stock assessment by SEDAR, and sandbar sharks were listed as vulnerable, due to overfishing.

Currently, there are a small number of specially permitted vessels fishing for sandbars sharks for the purpose of scientific research. All vessels in the research fishery are required to carry an independent researcher while targeting sandbars.[3]

In spite of their large size and similar appearance to other dangerous sharks like Bull Sharks, there are very few, if any attacks attributed to sandbar sharks and so they are considered not to be dangerous to people. As a result, they are considered one of the safest sharks to swim with and are popular sharks for aquariums.  Please see more information here.

Sandbar shark, 9-13-14, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Sandbar shark, 9-13-14, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Sandbar Shark Summary

  • Snout broadly rounded and short
  • First dorsal fin is large and triangular, begins over or in front of pectoral fin insertion
  • Back is brown or gray, fading to a white belly
  • Interdorsal ridge present

Similar Species: Dusky shark, C. obscurus (first dorsal starts over pectoral fin free tip); bull shark, C. leucas (no interdorsal ridge)

Size: Up to 8 feet

Coastal and offshore waters, typically found at depths ranging from 60 to 200 feet. May enter estuaries.

Predators and scavengers. Feeding occurs chiefly near the bottom on fish and shellfish.  Migrate long distances and they mature at about 6 feet in length.

Sandbar shark, 11-3-14, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Sandbar shark, 11-3-14, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Florida State Record:External Website This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Recreational Regulations”    Please see more information here.

Perhaps more important to fishing, the Tampa-St. Pete area has a great coastline structure and topography. Barrier islands stretch close to 70 miles from North Pinellas to Venice. In general, barrier islands mean great fishing habitat because they create passes where fish move on the tides in a concentrated fashion, and also protected back-bay areas for the overall ecosystem.

On parts of the west coast of Florida, including the Tampa area, the barrier islands also tend to still have large protected mangrove areas.   Mangroves are critical to the whole lifecycle of the ecosystem. Mangroves are often truly foundational to the formation of the islands and their decaying leaves feed microorganisms that are the starting point of the food chain that leads up to tarpon and sharks at the top of the system!

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Happy fishing!

Tampa Fishing, Friday, March 3, 2017, Sandbar Shark, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.
Tampa Fishing, Friday, March 3, 2017, Sandbar Shark, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.

Florida Fishing Report: Red Tide Status, 1-18-18

Florida Red Tide Status Map, 1-18-18, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.
Florida Red Tide Status Map, 1-18-18, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Thursday, January 18, 2017

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Direct From Homeowners.FWC released the Red Tide Status Report this week.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission red tide bulletin at 1:413 PM 1/18/2018.

Red Tide Status Report (January 18, 2018)

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed in Charlotte, Lee, and Monroe counties in Southwest Florida.

In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to medium concentrations in six samples collected from Charlotte County, very low to low concentrations in four samples collected from Lee County, and low concentrations in four samples collected from Monroe County.

Gulf of Mexico Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin Monday, January 22, 2018. Courtesy Of NOAA National Ocean Service NOAA Satellite and Information Service & NOAA National Weather Service.
Gulf of Mexico Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin Monday, January 22, 2018. Courtesy Of NOAA National Ocean Service NOAA Satellite and Information Service & NOAA National Weather Service.

In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in two samples collected from Gulf County.

Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.

A fish kill in Lee County and slight respiratory irritation in Sarasota County were reported over the past week. Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red TidesExternal Website predict net southern, offshore transport of surface waters and southern, onshore transport of subsurface waters from Pinellas to Lee counties over the next three days. ”  For more information, please see FWC.

Key for Results

Description Karenia breviscells/liter Possible Effects (K. brevis only)
NOT PRESENT – BACKGROUND background levels of 1,000 cells or less None anticipated
VERY LOW >1,000 to 10,000 Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures >  5,000 cells/L
LOW >10,000 to 100,000 Respiratory irritation, possible fish kills, and bloom chlorophyll probably detected by satellites at upper limits
MEDIUM >100,000 to 1,000,000 Respiratory irritation and probable fish kills
HIGH >1,000,000 As above plus discoloration

 

“The FWRI Red Tide Status Line is now available to callers throughout the state. FWRI updates the recording each Friday by 5 p.m. Red Tide Status Line: 866-300-9399 (toll-free inside Florida only); 727-552-2448 (outside Florida).

Reports are updated on Friday afternoon except during holidays, in which case the report will be released on the closest day. Additional information, if available, is provided on Wednesday afternoon. To receive an e-mail when the current status has been updated, visit our subscription area.

FWC’s Red Tide Action Report

Red tide is a naturally-occurring microscopic alga that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840’s and occurs nearly every year. Blooms, or higher-than-normal concentrations, of the Florida red tide alga, Karenia brevis, frequently occur in the Gulf of Mexico. Red tide begins in the Gulf of Mexico 10 to 40 miles offshore and can be transported inshore by winds and currents.

FWC Actions and Partnerships:

  • FWC operates the toll-free fish kill hotline. To report fish kills, contact the FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511 or submit a report online. Reports from this hotline help FWC researchers track and better understand the impact of red tide in Florida.
  • FWC remains available to local agencies and partners in affected areas, including area business and tourism groups in southwest Florida. Any local agency or group that has any questions or concerns can contact Kelly Richmond from the FWC at 727-502-4784.
  • FWC continues to partner with the Florida Department of Health to advise residents and visitors of any potential health impacts. Residents and visitors can contact the DOH’s aquatic toxin experts at 850-245-4250 or contact their local health department for any concern about health safety.
  • FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory work together to monitor Karenia brevis. This cooperative effort is designed to help mitigate the adverse impacts of red tide. This joint research program that includes red tide monitoring, research and public outreach and education has resulted in better tools and ongoing monitoring for red tides along the Gulf Coast.
  • In partnership with the FWC, the Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides (CPR) at the University of South Florida offer a new Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) tracking tool that generates a 3.5-day forecast of the bloom trajectories.
  • To protect public health, FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) group closely monitors the status of K. brevis on Florida’s coasts, providing technical support to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACSExternal Website), the agency that regulates approved shellfish harvesting areas.
  • Since 2000, FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute established a Red Tide Offshore Monitoring Program, which is a volunteer program for citizens to help collect water samples from routine collection points and sites reported for suspected harmful algal blooms (HABs).The timely sampling by volunteers allows researchers to provide an early warning of offshore algal blooms and investigate reported events as they occur. The Program needs volunteers to collect samples from all coastal Florida counties. To view more information visit, Red Tide Offshore Monitoring Program or use the Volunteer SignUp Form.

Red Tide Resources

New Hogfish Conservation Measures & Boundaries

New Hogfish Conservation Measures & Boundaries. A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24.
New Hogfish Conservation Measures & Boundaries. A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24.

New Hogfish Conservation Measures and Boundaries Effective August 24, 2017.

VacationHomeRental.org. No VRBO Booking Fees. Free To Renters. $99 Annually To HomeOwners.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued the flowing news release regarding Florida Hogfish this afternoon.

“A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24. State changes were approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its November 2016 meeting.

Hogfish is overfished and undergoing overfishing in the Florida Keys and east Florida. Federal law requires the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to end overfishing immediately and implement a 10-year rebuilding plan.

Because most hogfish off the Keys and east Florida are taken in Florida state waters, consistency with regulations approved in Atlantic federal waters is necessary to rebuild the stock.

New Hogfish Conservation Measures & Boundaries. A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24.
New Hogfish Conservation Measures & Boundaries. A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24.

The new management boundary between the Keys/east Florida and Gulf stocks will be at 25 degrees 9 minutes north latitude (a line due west of Cape Sable, which is on the Gulf side of Florida). Starting Aug. 24, hogfish north of Cape Sable will be managed as Gulf hogfish, and hogfish south of that line, around the tip of Florida and up the Atlantic coast, will be managed as Atlantic hogfish. Prior to this change, the boundary for hogfish was a line following U.S. Highway 1 in the Florida Keys. This new management boundary line is closer to where Gulf and Atlantic hogfish stocks naturally separate as determined by a recent genetic study.

Hogfish, 3-14-14, Miami Fishing Report & Charters, #Miami.
Hogfish, 3-14-14, Miami Fishing Report & Charters, #Miami.

Other approved conservation changes effective Aug. 24 include:

  • Lowering the Atlantic recreational daily bag limit from five to one fish per harvester.
  • Setting an Atlantic recreational harvest season of May 1 through Oct. 31.
  • Increasing the Atlantic recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 16 inches fork length.
  • Increasing the Gulf recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 14 inches fork length.
  • Setting the minimum importation and sale size limit to 14 inches fork length statewide.
Naples Fishing, Hogfish, Friday, 12-4-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Hogfish, Friday, 12-4-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

The size limit increase and the recreational season will allow Atlantic hogfish more opportunities to spawn before entering the fishery and, along with a bag limit change, will help rebuild the Keys/east Florida hogfish population to sustainable levels.

The size limit change for Gulf state waters is also consistent with regulations for federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf stock is healthy, but stakeholders requested an increase in the minimum size limit as a conservation measure to give hogfish additional spawning opportunities.”

Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Hogfish” for more.

Tampa Fishing Report, Friday, June 22, 2017

Tampa Fishing, Friday, June 22, 2017, Tarpon, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.
Tampa Fishing, Friday, June 22, 2017, Tarpon, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.

Today’s Tampa Fishing Report: Tarpon!

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Tampa Fishing Report, Friday, June 22, 2017, Florida Fishing Report – Tampa Fishing: Tarpon & Sharks chasing them; latest Florida Algal Bloom & Water Quality / Lake Okeechobee Update and here for Red Tide Report.

Most of the time we fish Tampa’s flats, passes, oyster bars, inlets, and islands.  Sometimes we’ll go offshore of Tampa a couple of miles or so if we’re fishing for goliath grouper, or tarpon or sharks.

Boca Grande Pass Fishing, Tarpon, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Boca Grande Fishing Report & Charters ~ #BocaGrande.
Boca Grande Pass Fishing, Tarpon, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Boca Grande Fishing Report & Charters ~ #BocaGrande.

Tampa Fishing Report, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Florida Fishing Report – Tampa Fishing: Big Snook in the passes; we’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sportfish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Boca Grande Pass Fishing, Tarpon Rolling, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Boca Grande Fishing Report & Charters ~ #BocaGrande.
Boca Grande Pass Fishing, Tarpon Rolling, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Boca Grande Fishing Report & Charters ~ #BocaGrande.

Tampa Fishing Report, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Florida Fishing Report – Tampa Fishing: Jack Crevalle, catch & release; please see our SanibelCaptivaFort MyersSeashell & Shelling and Cuban Fishing sites for charter photos from our other captains, additional fishing and shelling reports, and musings on fishing in Cuba one of these days!

Tampa fishing is some of the best in the world!  A fishing trip is a great family adventure and your children will love it!

The Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater area has some of the nicest beaches in Florida, including Ford Desoto’s North Beach, Caladesi Island and Siesta Key!

Naples Fishing, November Tarpon Surprise, Friday, 11-6-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, November Tarpon Surprise, Friday, 11-6-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Perhaps more important to fishing, the Tampa-St. Pete area has a great coastline structure and topography. Barrier islands stretch close to 70 miles from North Pinellas to Venice. In general, barrier islands mean great fishing habitat because they create passes where fish move on the tides in a concentrated fashion, and also protected back-bay areas for the overall ecosystem.

On parts of the west coast of Florida, including the Tampa area, the barrier islands also tend to still have large protected mangrove areas.   Mangroves are critical to the whole lifecycle of the ecosystem. Mangroves are often truly foundational to the formation of the islands and their decaying leaves feed microorganisms that are the starting point of the food chain that leads up to tarpon and sharks at the top of the system!

Tarpon, 4-29-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters, #Naples.
Tarpon, 4-29-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters, #Naples.

We’re just getting started in Tampa, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Tampa fishing!

If you are a local fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

Daily Tampa Fishing Report & Info On Tampa Fishing Charters; Fishing Trips For Families & Children, As Well As Serious SportFishermen and Fisherwomen!

Happy fishing!

Tarpon, 9-8-14, Boca Grande Fishing Report & Charters, #BocaGrande.
Tarpon, 9-8-14, Boca Grande Fishing Report & Charters, #BocaGrande.

Florida Fishing Report: Red Tide Status, 6-2-17

Florida Red Tide Status Map, 6-2-17, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.
Florida Red Tide Status Map, 6-2-17, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, June 2, 2017

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FWC released the Red Tide Status Report this week.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission red tide bulletin at 3:40 PM 6/2/2017.

Red Tide Status (June 2, 2017)

The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed at background concentrations in Southwest Florida.

Over the past week, Karenia brevis was observed at background concentrations in two samples collected from Pinellas County, one sample collected from Lee County, and one sample collected from Collier County.

Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.

Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red TidesExternal Website predict net northern movement of surface waters and little net movement of subsurface waters from Pinellas to Lee counties over the next three days.”  For more information, please see FWC.

Key for Results

Description Karenia breviscells/liter Possible Effects (K. brevis only)
NOT PRESENT – BACKGROUND background levels of 1,000 cells or less None anticipated
VERY LOW >1,000 to 10,000 Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures >  5,000 cells/L
LOW >10,000 to 100,000 Respiratory irritation, possible fish kills, and bloom chlorophyll probably detected by satellites at upper limits
MEDIUM >100,000 to 1,000,000 Respiratory irritation and probable fish kills
HIGH >1,000,000 As above plus discoloration