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Old 09-09-2020, 12:20 AM
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Default Anyone else noticing unusually large number of sharks this year

Every time I fish in water over 100 feet we have been running into huge sharks. 10 foot and up. Big makos, bulls etc. last trip the biggest tiger sharks I have ever seen 12-14 foot long were our constant buddies. My buddy was ravaged by 10-12 foot longfin makos a month or so ago, catching a 10 footer on a giant rapala.

I don’t remember hitting big sharks like this every trip, we’ll ever..

Anyone else having a Shark problem or it I’d just me.
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big bulls, silky sharks and sandbars have been ravaging us this year while fishing. we have seen more sharks this year diving and they've been more aggressive than ever before.
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Yes.. and they seem to be bigger. Caught two bulls this past weekend that where ever bit of 6-8' long and as big around as a 55 gallon drum. Thought for a minute that I had a world record cobia....
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More boats more conditioning. They associate the sound of boats with food. We are getting sharked on every trip just bottom fishing.

Have had some gig ones come to the boat even before we start fishing. It's the worst I have ever seen in over 50 years of fishing the GOM.

Not sure if there are more of them or that their habits have changed.
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i hear about more and more and feel that way fishing too south of us OBA. we have seen, pic and verified two great whites this year. 50 miles off in 600-800' and one anout 25 miles off 100' deep. i dont dive northern gulf anymore
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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
More boats more conditioning. They associate the sound of boats with food. We are getting sharked on every trip just bottom fishing.

Have had some gig ones come to the boat even before we start fishing. It's the worst I have ever seen in over 50 years of fishing the GOM.

Not sure if there are more of them or that their habits have changed.
I see the same thing. 20 years ago I never encountered sharks in the GOM. Now the fishing success is determined by how soon the sharks show up.
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They’re not just l8mited to offshore, either. Hooked two On live shrimp this past weekend fishing the Fourchon area marsh while catching specks.
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the increase in numbers is probably tied to less commercial pressure thanks to the shark hippies. kill them all
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well just rename sharks snapper and the would be gone !!!
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I believe it's due to a couple things:

1) Gulf of Mexico commercial shark fishing has been shut down for 3 years now thanks to a Texas law banning transporting of shark carcasses without fins.

2) Recreational fishermen don't kill sharks but are killing the shit out of the desirable fish.

The result is an unbalanced ecosystem with way too many sharks and it gets worse every year.
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keep them to the east, we have been mostly shark free this year out of Texas. Barracudas is a different story, they thick this year.

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Originally Posted by BlueShamu View Post
They’re not just l8mited to offshore, either. Hooked two On live shrimp this past weekend fishing the Fourchon area marsh while catching specks.
Hooked one at the rocks at Fourchon about a month ago.
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If you can get one up to the surface and shoot it the rest usually leave. Sometimes you get some strange looks from the rig workers.
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Let’s start some shark tournaments and bring them to the dock. I know they had one in Pensacola for a while and got some negative publicity but we need to push back for what we know is right to save the fishery we all enjoy. Whether or not they are destroying the different species in the ocean is up for debate, but they are making it incredibly difficult to fish. Pulled up on the genesis earlier this summer. Marked tunas like crazy but literally couldn’t even fish. I know this happens back East all the time as well. 10 years ago in Louisiana we never fought the toothy critters like we are now.
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Originally Posted by briankinley2004 View Post
If you can get one up to the surface and shoot it the rest usually leave. Sometimes you get some strange looks from the rig workers.
is it legal to shoot within sight of a rig? Seems like it would be entertaining to shoot some sharks!
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Originally Posted by luna sea II View Post
I believe it's due to a couple things:

1) Gulf of Mexico commercial shark fishing has been shut down for 3 years now thanks to a Texas law banning transporting of shark carcasses without fins.

2) Recreational fishermen don't kill sharks but are killing the shit out of the desirable fish.

The result is an unbalanced ecosystem with way too many sharks and it gets worse every year.
If the ecosystem is unbalanced shouldn't the sharks and dolphins be starving? You can't say the sharks are eating all the fish, then complain that the red snapper and triggerfish are so thick you can't get a bait to the bottom. I'm sure there's more, but that's not out of balance. If people want to retain a shark in the regulations go for it. Tournaments? Sure. But shoot and release is messed up.

If you start losing fish the only thing you can do is move. There's million of spots out there and you only need to go a few hundred yards. We rarely fish public spots and we've lost 4 fish to the taxman pre/post release, plus 1 RS that slipped off the descender drifted out of reach and was eaten by a dolphin a minute or two later. Feeding the tax man is like moving out in the woods, leaving garbage cans out and wondering why those damn bears keep getting into the garbage.
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I love to shark fish, so doing my part.
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Originally Posted by Jeepman View Post
keep them to the east, we have been mostly shark free this year out of Texas. Barracudas is a different story, they thick this year.
Drag that fish killa to G Town and tell us what you find, all of my 20 - 40 mile spots are covered with sharks.


The rest of yall are having the wrong conversation





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Originally Posted by luna sea II View Post
I believe it's due to a couple things:

1) Gulf of Mexico commercial shark fishing has been shut down for 3 years now thanks to a Texas law banning transporting of shark carcasses without fins.

2) Recreational fishermen don't kill sharks but are killing the shit out of the desirable fish.

The result is an unbalanced ecosystem with way too many sharks and it gets worse every year.
I disagree about the unbalanced part. I think we are seeing a massive explosion in the red snapper population which in turn is causing a massive increase in the shark population. More snapper = more sharks.

Like the old rabbit wolf model. The rabbit population spikes when there are few wolves present. A wolf population spike follows the rabbit spike, until they hit a peak where the wolves knock down the rabbit population, then the wolves population declines, then it repeats itself over and over. The problem is that both sharks and fishermen are wolves when it comes to the snapper model, the recreational fisherman has his hands tied by regulation so the sharks make up for it. Eventually, the sharks will knock down the snapper population, at which time fishermen will get more regulations that will increase the snapper population which will in turn increase the shark population. And so on....
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Originally Posted by Shane3203 View Post
is it legal to shoot within sight of a rig? Seems like it would be entertaining to shoot some sharks!
I don't know but it is entertaining, especially at night

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