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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.

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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