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

Naples Fishing: Snapper!

Snapper, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Snapper, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

Naples Fishing Report: Snapper.

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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 sport fish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Tampa Fishing, Thursday, February 9, 2017, Snapper, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.
Tampa Fishing, Thursday, February 9, 2017, Snapper, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.

The Naples-Marco Island area has terrific beaches and beach fishing!  The beaches stretch along the Gulf of Mexico for about 10 miles and include Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Clam Pass Beach Park, Naples Municipal Beach & Fishing Pier (Naples Pier), Vanderbilt Beach, North Gulfshore Boulevard Beach, and Lowdermilk Beach Park.  Naples beaches are often ranked in the top 5-10 beaches in America!

There are also a number of both small and very large reserves in and nearby Naples-Marco Island.  They include Corkscrew Swamp SanctuaryEverglades National ParkBig Cypress National PreserveFlorida Panther National Wildlife RefugeTen Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest.

Naples Fishing, Snapper, Thursday, December 12, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Naples Fishing, Snapper, Thursday, December 12, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

Like much of southwest Florida, Naples has barrier islands which mean great fishing!  The breadth of the natural ecosystem near Naples is immense and can’t be fully described in this short post.  Marco Island is the most well-known, but Marco Island spills south into the Ten Thousand Islands and unbelievably good fishing!

Tampa Fishing, Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Snapper, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.
Tampa Fishing, Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Snapper, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.

Other islands include Keywaydin Island, which is the longest unbridged island in southwest Florida and has a lot of natural habitats, and Kice Island and Cape Romano, which are very remote!

“The mangrove snapper or gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) is a species of snapper native to the western Atlantic Oceanfrom Massachusetts to Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. They can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including brackish and fresh waters. It is commercially important, as well as being sought as a game fish. It can also be found in the aquarium trade.[2]

Naples Fishing, Snapper, Wednesday, 2-3-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Snapper, Wednesday, 2-3-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Its color is typically greyish red, but it can change color from bright red to copper red. It has a dark stripe running across its eye if observed from the top when it is under water. This species can reach a length of 89 cm (35 in), though most do not exceed 40 cm (16 in). The greatest recorded weight for this species is 20 kg (44 lb).[2]

The mangrove snapper can be confused with the Cubera snapper or black snapper, Lutjanus cyanopterus. Mangrove snapper are typically much smaller than Cubera, but when they are of similar size, the two species can only be distinguished by examining the tooth patch on the inside roof of the mouth. Many specimens caught in Florida, specifically Punta Gorda, are actually misidentified dogtooth or dog snapperLutjanus jocu.

Naples Fishing, Snapper, Catch & Release, Monday, 1-11-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Snapper, Catch & Release, Monday, 1-11-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

The best way to distinguish between the two species is dog snapper has a lighter triangle of color with a blue band under the eye and large, sharp fangs in the front (canines), hence its common name. These fangs can deliver a painful bite, even in a small fish. The mangrove snapper feeds mostly on small fishes and crustaceans. It was also observed as systematically waiting under maternal colony of Buffy flower bat for falling bats near the entrances of Lucayan cavern, Bahamas.[3]

Mangrove snapper is a common target for anglers, and is highly prized for its light and flaky flesh. It can be caught on a variety of baits, but is typically caught with live or frozen shrimp, squid, minnows and occasionally on artificial lures or baits. They can be spearfished, as well, but are sometimes a tough target, as they tend to be more wary of divers, rather than curious, and their wariness of baits and divers tends to increase as the fish grow larger. Most mangrove snapper are caught on light to medium tackle, and typical catches range from eight to 14 in long in shallow or in-shore waters, and up to 20 in long in deeper waters. Larger fish are uncommon, but not rare.” For more information, please click here.

Naples Fishing, Hogfish Or Hog Snapper, Wednesday, 12-30-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Hogfish Or Hog Snapper, Wednesday, 12-30-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.