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4-Foot Sharks Caught Off Of Island Beach

Sharks, rays being caught in Seaside and Island Beach

Local anglers are adding a few warm water fish to their list this week, including four-foot sharks off of the southern stretches of the barrier island.

been caught by fishermen this week using atlantic menhaden, or bunker, for bait. Anglers are also catching fluke, bluefish and the occasional striped bass.

With increased numbers of sharks and rays in the water beachfronts have been put on high alert. A man was stung this week in Island Beach State Park by a stingray, officials reported.

Sandbar sharks, or Carcharhinus plumbeus, or in town and being caught mainly on night on bunker. These sharks are similar in size to young bull sharks with a snub nose and elongated dorsal fin.

Since both the sandbar shark and the bull shark are related genentically it is possible for one to be misidentified for another.

Warmer water from the south has been a driving force behind a large number of sightings.Fish follow the Gulf Stream up from the south and tend to come close inshore when the water gets very warm. New Jersey is home to many sharks and rays during the summer months including cownose rays and southern stingrays.

Both rays and sharks are biting at night on bunker using a shark rig or a float-rig with a steel leader. Sandbars, or "brown sharks" are averaging 4-feet which is about the size of the one this author caught on Wedensday night.

Ed Hayes July 30, 2011 at 04:57 AM
When reporting a story like this, you should report the whole story, don't leave anything to the imagination. The fisherman was stung by the stingray while removing the ray from his net. NOT as the article leads you to believe that the person was stung on the beach, which most people would assume that it occurred on the bathing beach, which it did not. Thanks.
Gus Faella July 30, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Typical for the media. They never get their facts straight. Anything to sell a story
dorym July 30, 2011 at 02:14 PM
Thanks fisherpeople for leaving your chum and crap in the water and luring all the unwanted visitors in!
Greg July 30, 2011 at 07:28 PM
thats the media,,,,lazy, inaccurate and many times purposefully omiting to serve their purpose,,,
Greg July 30, 2011 at 07:30 PM
we'd better keep a watch on those sharks in the white house and congress
J. R. Warnet July 30, 2011 at 07:51 PM
I appreciate your comments, but the article was more about sandbar sharks than rays. I included the stingray piece because of fisherman like myself who catch sharks and rays. I wasn't reporting on the stingray incident, just merely using it as a segway since sharks and ray are related genetically and are usually caught in the same area. As you know, each story has two side. Thank you.
Billabong July 30, 2011 at 08:00 PM
J.R., it doesn't matter what your focus was (sharks rather than rays),you still need to be clear on the facts. As someone who takes two young daughters to IBSP, I was immediately alarmed by the part where you state, "A man was stung this week in Island Beach State Park by a stingray, officials reported," and immediately thought the man was stung on the beach (thanks Ed for the clarification). The clear presentation of all facts is essential so we are accurately informed. Thanks.
J. R. Warnet July 30, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Billabong, Ed, I do apologize for not clearly stating whether the ray had stung a swimmer or a fisherman.
fish July 31, 2011 at 01:02 AM
Great job on the article JR! I admire your work! Just to let everyone know the sharks and rays are plentiful! I spend alot of time at the beach and fishing and on numerous counts I have saw at least 5 rays just minding their own business and swimming throught the surf this week alone. So if your scared of a shark or a ray regardless of the media put a pool in your back yard (even if its a white trash blow up one) and stay home! I wouldnt mind a less crowded beach. Thanks
Sean Conneamhe July 31, 2011 at 01:17 AM
Stingrays, locusts, sharks, tornados...
Ed Hayes July 31, 2011 at 04:01 AM
J.R. No need for an apology, we all make mistakes, hopefully we can learn from them and not repeat them. Your articles are normally right on, please continue and just dig a little deeper with the info. Thanks
Barnegat Ray July 31, 2011 at 07:29 AM
They've done much more damage to us than all the shark attacks combined! http://DadsInCourt.blogspot.com/
Billabong July 31, 2011 at 12:12 PM
Writing and reporting is a learning process. As I remember it, my first article was hardly perfect. Ed is right - keep working hard and you'll do well. One thing I've learned is to develop thick skin...there's always someone out there who is going to complain or make negative comments about the general "media."


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