Captain Todd Approves
^^^^^^ Yes it is.
Not really after sharks myself but I get the frustration.
public comment, FB exposure, emails from FWC on the process.....You do know that cormorants are now a game bird and the bags limit is 12/day..
and of course not one bit of this would have been necessary except for folks that set up their sharking gear where folks swim - then dragged the poor critters up onto the sand so they could take all the photos in the world-this exactly
and of course not one bit of this would have been necessary except for folks that set up their sharking gear where folks swim - then dragged the poor critters up onto the sand so they could take all the photos in the world (I'm old enough to remember when there weren't all those little videos everyone's so fond of today..). In my era various towns simply outlawed sharking entirely in their jurisdictions... particularly on fishing piers. I can remember when we went to great lengths to get really big baits off of one pier or other - then waited as the sun went down for a monster to pick it up...My only real beef about the new regs is that they fail to consider that there are places where guides (and anyone else..) working out of small craft can put anglers on so many sharks that the anglers tire out long before the sharks do... I particularly don't like having to use circle hooks since I can actually get back almost any j hook - no matter how big a shark is without taking the animal out of the water... I can't do that at all with circle hooks so the fish get to keep them...Heck, we even target them with fly rods... they're so numerous and hungry...Along the coast of the Everglades there are so many sharks that I can expect double and even triple hook-ups on a given tide - if I have anglers wanting to tangle with something large and grumpy... Included with all the bull, lemon, blacktip sharks will be the occasional "un-stoppable" critter. One that you could chase all day long and not slow down in the slightest... kind of a question with a really big critter as to who's caught who...I know that the regs were specifically intended for beach sharking - and anglers who are less than kind to the sharks they encounter - but that circle hook deal was never meant for what we do each day - when we're looking for sharks...
https://www.westmarine.com/buy/cuda--18-titanium-bonded-large-dehooker--16225245Mustad also makes a similar one that's 14.5 inches