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This tiger shark pulled up and cruised around us for a while when out prospecting new areas.(Ozello)

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  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 12,646 AG
    Cool looking fish, wouldn't want to be caught in the water with it though. 
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  • Grouper GeniusGrouper Genius Posts: 1,476 Officer
    I heard it’s breeding season for them. Not sure how true that is.
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  • jmac7469jmac7469 Posts: 157 Deckhand
    Should have pitched him a bait or your slowest swimmer.
  • AC ManAC Man Posts: 6,115 Admiral
    When I was a teen, and we would go down to the Keys diving spearfishing xcetera. We climbed the lighthouse Tower off Islamorada we would laugh at the dozens of sharks 10 ft long swimming among the people just out of sight. They won't bother you. When's the last time you heard of a shark attack in the keys I swam with them all the time they never bothered me and I never bothered them

    Fast forward to being married and having two children, we went out there and there are the sharks where on the reef. We all jumped in no problem.
  • relicshunterrelicshunter Posts: 605 Officer
    I accidentally caught a 5-6' bull last year near by the channel. It grabbed a pinfish and I was not prepared rod wise to even try and bring it in. I had finished scalloping a few hours before that, and moved out to do a little fishing.
  • mburke001 aka TripleBmburke001 aka TripleB Posts: 1,536 Captain
    I accidentally caught a 5-6' bull last year near by the channel. It grabbed a pinfish and I was not prepared rod wise to even try and bring it in. I had finished scalloping a few hours before that, and moved out to do a little fishing.
    Yep, you catch one and then wondered, what do I do now? 
  • spanglerspangler daBurgPosts: 2,709 Captain
    edited July 2019 #9
    Never worried about sharks.  I know they're always there and abundant.  And will basically leave me alone.  But when I see a big bull or a tiger, I usually go ahead and get out.  I don't like constantly looking over my shoulder.

    Now gators, those things keep me out of freshwater.  Unless it's crystal clear and cold lol
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  • lakemanlakeman Posts: 779 Officer
    The so called tiger shark was most likely a Sand Tiger shark.  Spent a lot of years diving for lobster in the Keys, only a couple of times we were bothered by sharks, mostly around the bridges and some one close by and it was crowded, would bang stick them, not my choice of dealing with them.  Hell I have seed giant hammers on the flats and other sharks as well.  
  • Doc StressorDoc Stressor Homosassa, FLPosts: 2,648 Captain
    The one in the picture looks like a tiger shark because of the spotting pattern and flat head. Sand tigers aren't as common around here as tigers.  They have a conical shaped head with a nasty set of snaggle teeth sticking out.  They often have bronzish patches on the back rather than spots.  I ran into some diving a wreck up north many years ago.  If you ever see one, you won't forget those teeth. 

    They all eat fish rather than marine mammals, so they rarely bite people unless you bump into them.  Tigers and bull sharks are probably looking for stingrays and sharpnose sharks among the scallopers.  They generally keep out of the way of people unless you are spearing fish. 
  • 4WARD4WARD Cross Creek,FLPosts: 1,996 Captain
    We always see the tigers around Crystal River, seems like it is usually when there is an abundance of juvenile turtles. Spring time mostly?
    Cedar Key has always produced some excitement with large Hammerheads and lots of Bulls( along with every other species known to man).
    I think CK being between two major rivers and also having the finger channels for deeper water next to the flats has alot to do with it. Seen some big bulls up close while fishing shellmound(waist deep),that will keep you on your toes.😳

    Anyway, We love seeing the Tigers. They are beautiful creatures.
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  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 5,981 Admiral
    See them all the time on the flats, big ones too.
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  • srfshaddictsrfshaddict ozello keysPosts: 36 Deckhand
    I have to say y'all are very kind and hilarious,very appreciated last time I was in a forum from....uh (clearing throat) from well call it T Town,the crowd was brutal. I'm looking forward to sharing upcoming reports and photos.......thank you R
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 11,419 AG
    um, it's Ozello, not Ozello Keys.
    That moniker was a real estate ploy to make Ozello seem exotic..
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • Almost PerfectAlmost Perfect Posts: 592 Officer
    Ozello is exotic, in a deliverance kind of way. 

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  • nicknick Crystal RiverPosts: 4,966 Captain
    I heard the ozello keys has great deep sea fishing. 
  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 10,326 AG
    edited July 2019 #18
    Interesting fact:  Ozello is named for Osceola's Deputy Assistant to the Chief but who often referred to himself as the "Assistant Chief" when his boss wasn't around.

    Osceola put up with this because of Ozello's complete loyalty, and of course the fact that he was too busy dealing with other stuff.
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  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 11,419 AG
    Ozello is exotic, in a deliverance kind of way. 

    we don't allow that kind of stuff here..
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 10,326 AG
    However, Ozello's loyalty is questioned by many scholars.  According to Indian Agent W. Thompson of Ft. Peyton, FL (basically Ocala), Ozello once expressed to him “Would I ever leave this tribe? Look, I’m all about loyalty. In fact, I feel like part of what I’m being paid for here is my loyalty. But if there were somewhere else that valued loyalty more highly… I’m going wherever they value loyalty the most.”  It is rumored that the Choctaw band was looking for a assistant controller for their S. Alabama chapter at the time and may have lured Ozello away.  No futher mention of him has been found in the official record. Another story, according to a scholar that discovered a writing by a friend of Osceola's nephew's wife - Ozello was known far and wide for raising and lowering his cholesterol at will.  A risky practice, for sure, and some believe it may have gotten "stuck" at a high level and he eventually lost a battle with a myocardial infarction in a cypress swamp.  A third story is that he died while engaged in one of his favorite pasttimes - hunting werewolves. According to Ozello, "I shot one once, but by the time I got to it, it had turned back into my neighbor’s dog.”  It is not clear if the implication is that he subsequently was extinguished by a werewolf or a neighbor.
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  • Salty Dawg44Salty Dawg44 Homosassa, FLPosts: 1,207 Officer



    Nothing but the truth. I had it all verified when my trained Tarpon Pointer did a fact check on the subject. 



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  • JonsredfishinJonsredfishin Posts: 2,103 Captain
    edited July 2019 #22
    My son looks like he agrees with the comment above. 
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  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 5,981 Admiral
    edited July 2019 #23
     B) 
    Tight Lines, Steve
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