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Bob Hall Pier 3-25, 3-26 (Pictures) Shark ID help.

 
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tdarr
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:28 pm    Post subject: Bob Hall Pier 3-25, 3-26 (Pictures) Shark ID help. Reply with quote

Went out to the pier and used fresh dead shrimp to catch a few Whiting and Croaker. Lines soaked for about thirty minutes until we got our first hit. Let Hayley catch this one she got it all the way to the pillar of the pier before the hooked pulled out, about fifteen minutes later we got another hit once again Hayley got it all the way to the pier and the hooked pulled so i changed to a 9/0 and that did the trick. Few minutes later another hit and she reeled it in and we got it to the pier, it was a 30 inch Black Tip she got it in on 20# test mono.



Thirty minutes later my line went slack, reeled to it and then the shark took off. Pulled in a 3'3 Bull



Then I threw out a live 5'' Croaker and not even five minutes later something bit clean through my line which was a bummer but as I was packing up my brand new Penn Pursuit 8000 went off and I pulled in another.




Everyvery thing was caught on a Whiting head or body and released, Croaker didn't catch anything and there were no Reds out.

question about Black Tip/Spinner Sharks. So most people see a black tips on most of the fins of a shark and immeaditly say black tip which makes sense, but i know that Spinner sharks have many black tips also so I googled the differences and it says that the main difference is Spinner sharks have a black tip on there anal fin while black tip sharks don't. My question is how often are spinner sharks caught this close to shore and am I right about the anal fin?


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skitter552
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're referring to the shark in the second picture that you're not sure about, it is a Bull Shark. You can tell by his blunt nose and dorsal fin. Spinners have black tips on their anal fins and black tips don't.
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tdarr
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

didn't even look at that, thanks.
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KingKilla
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:46 pm    Post subject: Spinners Reply with quote

You are right about the anal fin. There are a couple other differences too which are not as obvious, but easy to see once you have seen a few spinners. A spinners snout is oddly elongated and pointed. Just doesn't look quite right when you think about a blacktip. Their dorsal fins are also super small. They seem like they are too small for the rest of the body. Like they don't fit on the fish they are on.

Look at some pics on the internet and check them out. Scientific sites preferably because alot of spinners and blacktips on fishing sites are misidentified. One common way they are misidentified is people calling a shark a spinner just because it jumped out of the water spinning when they were fighting it...Blacktips jump and spin too.

Here's a pic from the internet. Unfortunately the heads are not shown but the anal and dorsal fins are.
Spinner on top and blacktip on bottom.

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hickroots07
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good info right there! Thanks for the report!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't help with shark ID, but looks like you had a good time. Like the post.
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