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Usually gray to light brown above, white below. Similar to the Sandbar Shark but has a shorter, wider snout. The large first dorsal fin starts above the middle of the pectoral fin, whereas in the Sandbar it starts above the front portion of the pectoral.

SIZE: Commonly runs 6-8 feet and 100-300 pounds, but can exceed 10 feet and 400 pounds.World record 697 pounds, 12 ounces; Florida record 517 pounds.


GAME QUALITIES: A rugged fighter; usually has heft and strength on its side.

TACKLE AND BAITS: Although more appropriately matched to medium ocean outfits, the Bull is one of the pet targets of adventurous spin, plug and fly cast- ers, especially in the lower Florida Keys. Will take a variety of dead fish as bait, and especially likes fresh- cut Barracuda. Also can be chummed into a mood for hitting artificials—large flies and topwater plugs being preferred.

FISHING SYSTEMS: Still Fishing; Drifting.


Ground Shark

Cub Shark 

RANGE: More common on all Florida coasts, but also occurs in the Bahamas and around larger islands of the Caribbean.

HABITAT: Primarily coastal. It also ventures into completely fresh water, and has been taken in several Florida rivers, and even in Lake Okeechobee.