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Old 07-08-2019, 10:38 PM
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So was sharkin Friday in the fog off Mtk. Had a small mako and some blue sharks with my kids. Great day now here is the question. We had a large blue shark which when we finally got along boatside I noticed it had a tag along the dorsal fin. Prior to grabbing the leader somehow the hook popped and off she swam. Are you supposed to cut the tag and report it or leave it and alone? I googled this and couldn’t find an answer other than report the info from
the tag. There was no way short of killing the beast to get the info so what’s the call? I recall a good 25 years ago I caught 2 small striped bass that I cut the tags off and send in and got $5 and a certificate. No clue on sharks. Thx
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:24 AM
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Most of the tagging programs I'm aware of want you to safely remove the tag and send it back to the address on the tag with the date and location of recapture along with as much information as you can provide. Length, approximate weight, health of fish, etc.
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Old 07-09-2019, 05:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Grady222 View Post
So was sharkin Friday in the fog off Mtk. Had a small mako and some blue sharks with my kids. Great day now here is the question. We had a large blue shark which when we finally got along boatside I noticed it had a tag along the dorsal fin. Prior to grabbing the leader somehow the hook popped and off she swam. Are you supposed to cut the tag and report it or leave it and alone? I googled this and couldn’t find an answer other than report the info from
the tag. There was no way short of killing the beast to get the info so what’s the call? I recall a good 25 years ago I caught 2 small striped bass that I cut the tags off and send in and got $5 and a certificate. No clue on sharks. Thx
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Most of the tagging programs I'm aware of want you to safely remove the tag and send it back to the address on the tag with the date and location of recapture along with as much information as you can provide. Length, approximate weight, health of fish, etc.
we try to tag every shark we catch. haven't been fortunate enough to catch and previously tagged shark but when we do, we'll attempt to put a new tag in the shark and remove the old one.

open the tag up and follow the directions. more than likely its this - https://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/nefsc/Nar...s/tagging.html
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Old 07-09-2019, 09:42 AM
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Yes, you will likely need to remove the tag. Most tags I have seen include a unique and a mailing address. If you cut the tag off, you can mail the whole tag to the researcher at the indicated address. I suppose if you managed to copy down all of the information contained on the tag without removing it and provided the info to the researcher that would be better (since it can still be recaptured again), but this would be much harder to accomplish, especially for sharks.
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Ok gotcha guys yes I was thinking we were going to try to cut it off had we landed it but it got away. I feel like those blue sharks aren't the smartest and was probably recently caught in the same area but I guess I won't know.
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You can either cut the tag or grab the tag and pull hard and it should separate from the metal barb that’s in the shark. You open the tag and all the info on what to do is inside.

Ive been tagging sharks for 20 years. Must have well over 200 sharks with tags out there. We have only received 5 returns in those 20 yrs. the longest time from catch to recapture was over 5 years. Also all of my returns have been blue sharks.
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I caught a Blue shark that was caught and tagged within a mile of where I caught it, just a few days earlier.

Quite anti-climactic.
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Originally Posted by John_Madison CT View Post
I caught a Blue shark that was caught and tagged within a mile of where I caught it, just a few days earlier.

Quite anti-climactic.
what a wicked bummer
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Originally Posted by John_Madison CT View Post
I caught a Blue shark that was caught and tagged within a mile of where I caught it, just a few days earlier.

Quite anti-climactic.


its funny thats that’s exactly what my 10 year old said would probably happen. Btw I think we caught it on one of the rigs I got from ya John 👍🏻
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