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#11694110 - 06/28/16 03:14 PM Shark ID needed please
McKinneyLonghorn Offline
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Registered: 05/31/13
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I'm in Navarre Beach with my brothers and the fishing has been great. We've been catching lots of ladyfish and bluefish in the surf each morning. This morning we hooked up with this little guy, caught on a pompano rig baited with frozen sand fleas. From looking on the Internet, it appears to be a sandbar shark, since it doesn't have the black tips on its fins of a blacktip or spinner. Anyone have a more definitive ID? (Sorry for the quality of the pictures, which I realize are not great. I should note that if another angle is needed, I may be able to grab some stills from the GoPro footage we have.) Thanks.





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#11694167 - 06/28/16 03:33 PM Re: Shark ID needed please [Re: McKinneyLonghorn]
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A view of the dorsal fin would be extremely helpful. Round pupil means it's not a silky shark.

You're probably right with the sandbar shark ID.

*edit* on second thought, looks like some white spots on the back. Possibly atlantic sharpnose shark.


Edited by Uncle Zeek (06/28/16 03:37 PM)
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#11694178 - 06/28/16 03:36 PM Re: Shark ID needed please [Re: McKinneyLonghorn]
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This a good enough shot of the dorsal fin? It is about all we got from the short video we shot. We were pretty much done fishing so the chest-mounted GoPros had already been taken off and turned off. Couldn't get the cameras on until the fish was already landed.


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#11694185 - 06/28/16 03:38 PM Re: Shark ID needed please [Re: McKinneyLonghorn]
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Yeah, with that dorsal fin my guess is sandbar. Can be really tough to distinguish juveniles of different species.
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#11694196 - 06/28/16 03:42 PM Re: Shark ID needed please [Re: Uncle Zeek]
McKinneyLonghorn Offline
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Originally Posted By: Uncle Zeek
Yeah, with that dorsal fin my guess is sandbar. Can be really tough to distinguish juveniles of different species.


That is what I am learning. This is only the third time I've been saltwater fishing and the first time I have targeted anything other than reds or specks. The ladyfish and bluefish are providing plenty of action on topwaters, but it was nice to catch a shark.

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#11696894 - 06/29/16 10:43 PM Re: Shark ID needed please [Re: McKinneyLonghorn]
WeighMasterTx Offline
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Registered: 06/02/05
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Loc: Hitchcock,Tx
May be a Lemon Shark


Edited by WeighMasterTx (06/29/16 10:48 PM)
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#11696951 - 06/29/16 11:41 PM Re: Shark ID needed please [Re: McKinneyLonghorn]
fuzzion Offline
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My guess is either a sandbar or a dusky.

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#11696969 - 06/30/16 12:29 AM Re: Shark ID needed please [Re: McKinneyLonghorn]
2 Bee'z Offline
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Hard to tell with a little guy like that. I would say sandbar. I bet that was a good pull either way

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#11700191 - 07/01/16 05:04 PM Re: Shark ID needed please [Re: McKinneyLonghorn]
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Black tip pup
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#11710367 - 07/07/16 04:03 PM Re: Shark ID needed please [Re: McKinneyLonghorn]
JohnButte Offline
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Either way, he's a cutie.

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#11726397 - 07/16/16 04:28 PM Re: Shark ID needed please [Re: McKinneyLonghorn]
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Texas has a shark I'd guide you can get from tpwd. If it is a sandbar it is a protected shark
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#11735299 - 07/21/16 06:34 PM Re: Shark ID needed please [Re: McKinneyLonghorn]
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Sandbar shark peep

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#11735791 - 07/21/16 10:57 PM Re: Shark ID needed please [Re: McKinneyLonghorn]
McKinneyLonghorn Offline
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Thanks to everyone. We ended up catching three of the sharks the week we were there. We ended up with one on sand fleas, one on red snapper scraps, and one on a cut up cigar minnow. The biggest went 22 inches. All were released after posing for a quick photo.

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#11735802 - 07/21/16 11:03 PM Re: Shark ID needed please [Re: McKinneyLonghorn]
dustinmoorman Offline
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Registered: 07/18/16
Posts: 134
Loc: Rockwall, Tx
Sandbar indeed! Even the small ones put up a good fight on the rod. laugh
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#11735807 - 07/21/16 11:10 PM Re: Shark ID needed please [Re: dustinmoorman]
McKinneyLonghorn Offline
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Originally Posted By: dustinmoorman
Sandbar indeed! Even the small ones put up a good fight on the rod. laugh


They were a lot of fun. The first one was caught about 8 a.m., but the remaining two were caught at night. We had to weed through a lot of hardheads to get the two at night, but it was fun. Using the pompano rig we were catching hardheads two at at time, which was a blast.


Here is a report from my trip, which was a blast! http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...m_#Post11715998

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