Tuesday January 23, 2018
Florida Coastal and Pelagic Sharks
Florida has an abundant number of shark species along it's coastline including the Blacktip Shark, Bonnethead Shark, Bull Shark, Great Hammerhead Shark, Lemon Shark, Nurse Shark and Tiger Shark. Each shark is unique in it's habits, territory and feeding activities.
Coastal Sharks are generally found on the continental shelf along Florida's coastlines. Central Florida's east coast has a broad shelf extending out as far as 32 miles offshore from Port Canaveral where the depths of over 300 feet generally mark the boundries of coastal sharks in the scope of this article.
Most of these sharks can also be found along the beaches and inshore or possibly in the freshwater tributaries that trickle into the Indian River Lagoon and the Intracoastal Waterway. Both Inlets in Brevard County can be home to a large host of coastal sharks and are traversed by almost all species of these sharks that are unique to Florida.
Unlike most bony fish, shark's eggs are fertilized inside the female's body. The male shark has "claspers," extensions of the pelvic fins that are used to transfer sperm to the female and fertilize her eggs. Most sharks give birth to live young, but some release eggs that hatch later.
Harvestable Sharks fall into the following two groups of species:
Group One: Atlantic Sharpnose, Blacknose, Blacktip, Bonnethead, Finetooth, All species of dogfish and smoothounds within the Genus Mustelus
Group Two: Bull, Nurse, Spinner, Blue, Oceanic whitetip, Porbeagle, Shortfin mako,Thresher
Non- Harvestable Sharks fall into the following:
Group Three: Atlantic angel, Basking, Bigeye sand tiger, Bigeye sixgill, Bigeye thresher, Bignose, Caribbean reef, Dusky, Galapagos, Great hammerhead, Lemon shark, Longfin mako, Narrowtooth, Night, Sandbar, Sand tiger, Scalloped hammerhead, Sevengill, Silky, Sixgill shark, Smalltail, Smooth hammerhead, Tiger shark, Whale, White
Each species of shark have their own IGFA record.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides© on 2017-12-15 10:07:05