What Types Of Sharks Can Be Caught In US Waters?

What types of sharks can be caught in U.S. waters?

Shark fishing has grown enormously in the United States in the past few years.  The National Marine Fisheries Service estimated that shark tournament fishing (not counting other types of recreational shark fishing) has grown from approximately six in 1973 to as many as seventy tournaments in 2006.

 

Do you feel like catching shark is the perfect type of fishing expedition for you?  While they are fish, so to speak, there are several things to consider when fishing for them.  Namely, you need to know what you are after.

 

Shark fishing takes place in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans as well as in the Gulf of Mexico, both commercially and for recreation, in the United States.    As recreational fishing has gained in popularity, more and more restrictions have been put into place, but there is still plenty of commercial and recreational shark fishing on both the east and west coast of the United States as well as in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

North of Cape Hatteras, on the west and east coast, threshers, makos, and blue sharks make up the bulk of the shark fishing industry as well as being the main component of the recreational shark fishing community.  Blacktip, blacknose, bull, tiger, sandbar, and the Atlantic sharpnose are found in the Gulf of Mexico, and caught south of Cape Hatteras.  Other species of shark hunted in the Unites States include angel, basking, dusky, porbeagle, sand tiger, smooth dogfish, smooth hammerhead, spiny dogfish, and the infamous white shark.

 

These are just a few of the options out there.  Plan your expedition well so that you come home with an impressive catch.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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