Here are the some of the shark species most frequently caught on our Daytona Beach Shark Fishing Trips
BLACKTIP SHARK - (found Inshore and Nearshore)
Blacktip Sharks are a lot of fun to catch! They are extremely fast and energetic and put up a really good fight when hooked, often leaping out of the water during the fight. They grow to a maximum length of about 6 feet and are considered by many to have more fight per foot than any other shark species you can catch on a Daytona Beach shark fishing trip.
Blacktip sharks are identified by a distinctive whitish stripe on their flanks and black tips on their pectoral, dorsal and anal fins. Blacktip sharks are common along the coast of Daytona Beach and are often caught on our nearshore shark fishing trips. They are tolerant of less salty water and are also common in the estuaries around Daytona Beach such as along the Halifax River. A true coastal shark species, blacktip sharks are very rarely caught on offshore or deep sea fishing charters. They are especially common around Daytona Beach during the warmer months and typically migrate further south for the winter and return each spring. Usually solitary hunters, blacktip sharks often form large schools during their winter migrations or when following large schools of fish inshore.
Blacktip sharks are 'keepers' with no minimum size limit. The daily bag limit is one blacktip shark per angler per day and two blacktip sharks per boat. (See note on Florida Fishing Regulations below)
LEMON SHARK - (found Inshore, Nearshore and Offshore)
The Lemon Shark is another of the shark species we frequently run into on our shark fishing trips. Lemon sharks are an abundant shark species around Daytona Beach. They inhabit both the inshore and nearshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean. While we target lemon sharks on our nearshore shark fishing trips, they also often enter estuaries such as the Halifax River near Daytona Beach and even go into freshwater areas, but not as far up freshwater rivers as the bull shark. Lemon sharks are a tropical shark species and migrate south and into deeper waters in the winter.
Lemon Sharks are prohibited from harvest in state waters and since they can reach up to 10 and a half feet in length we typically like to hook them, enjoy the fight, then bring then alongside the boat where we can release them for future anglers to enjoy.
BULL SHARK - (found Inshore, Nearshore and Offshore)
Bull sharks are the most dangerous shark to humans in Daytona Beach and all of Florida. From the records of shark attacks on humans, bull sharks are one of the most dangerous sharks in the world! Bull sharks are big, growing up to 11 feet in length, and are very aggressive. They are solitary hunters and very territorial.
Bull sharks inhabit the widest range of environments of any shark species and are capable of living in salt and fresh water. Although many types of sharks venture into brackish water estuaries such as the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Waterway near Daytona Beach, bull sharks swim further up fresh water rivers than any other shark species. Bull sharks have been known to swim hundreds of miles inland via coastal river systems. Bull sharks can be caught on Daytona Beach inshore fishing charters and on offshore fishing charters as well as on our nearshore shark fishing trips. Coastal estuaries like the mangrove marshes where we fish on our inshore fishing charters are the nurseries for young bull sharks.
'Keepers' must have a minimum 54 inch fork length (tip of nose to where the tail forks) The daily bag limit is one bull shark per angler per day and two bull sharks per boat. (See note on Florida Fishing Regulations below)
NURSE SHARK - (found Inshore, Nearshore and Offshore)
Nurse sharks are another shark species found in the coastal waters around Daytona Beach. They are a nocturnal shark species that hunt at night while resting on the bottom during the day. Nurse sharks can be found in water as shallow as three feet and as deep as 250 feet. However they are most frequently found nearshore and even inshore in channels between mangrove islands and on grass or sand flats.
Nurse sharks reach a maximum size about 9 feet. 'Keepers' must have a minimum 54 inch fork length (tip of nose to where the tail forks) The daily bag limit is one nurse shark per angler per day and two nurse sharks per boat.
(See note on Florida Fishing Regulations below)
SCALLOPED HAMMERHEAD SHARK - (found Nearshore and Offshore)
Scalloped Hammerheads are also known as bronze, kidney-head or southern hammerhead sharks. Somewhat smaller than their close cousin, the Great Hammerhead Shark, Scalloped Hammerheads are the most common of all hammerhead sharks.
The scalloped hammerhead reaches a maximum length of 14 feet while the Great Hammerhead Shark can reach 20 feet. They are a pelagic species that likes to keep moving in open waters. They are found close to shore during the day where they are sometimes caught on our nearshore shark fishing trips, and hunt further offshore at night.
Scalloped hammerhead sharks are often seen during the day in big schools swimming along the coastline in Florida. The schools sometimes contain hundreds of scalloped hammerheads and have been the subject of some amazing aerial photographs as the large schools swim in clear waters along the Atlantic Coast.
Scalloped hammerhead sharks, like great hammerhead sharks, are prohibited from harvest. They must be released when caught but are an exciting shark to catch! Their numbers have been drastically reduced worldwide because of the quality of their fin meat and are often used in shark fin soup in Oriental cuisines.
GREAT HAMMERHEAD SHARK - (found Nearshore and Offshore)
Great Hammerhead Sharks are often confused with their more abundant cousins, the Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks. Great Hammerhead Sharks are somewhat larger than the Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks reaching a maximum length of 20 feet while Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks grow no longer than 14 feet. They can be distinguished from scalloped hammerhead sharks by the nearly straight front margin of their 'hammer' while the 'hammer' is somewhat arched on scalloped hammerhead sharks. Their dorsal fin is also taller and more sickle-shaped than found on scalloped hammerhead sharks.
Like scalloped hammerhead sharks, great hammerheads are also prohibited from harvest. Like the scalloped hammerheads, they have been over harvested for their fins and are a protected species in American waters.
Unlike scalloped hammerhead sharks, great hammerheads are solitary hunters and seldom travel in schools the way scalloped hammerhead sharks do. Great hammerhead sharks are migratory with some Florida populations of great hammerheads moving north along the Atlantic coast each summer and returning south along the coast for the winter.
These solitary hunters inhabit both deep offshore waters and the shallow nearshore waters along the Florida Atlantic Coast near Daytona Beach. Great hammerhead sharks are also known to inhabit inlets and the mouths of bays so catching one near Ponce Inlet is always a possibility on one of our Daytona Beach shark fishing charters.
BONNETHEAD SHARK - (found Inshore and Nearshore)
Also known as a Shovelhead Shark, Bonnethead Sharks are members of the Hammerhead family of sharks (in the Genus Sphyrna). Bonnethead sharks have the smallest cephalofoil (hammerhead) of all the hammerhead sharks. They have a broad, spade-like head, distinctly different than the typical hammerhead shark we are all so familiar with.
Bonnethead sharks are timid and harmless sharks but put up a great fight when hooked. They average about 2 to 3 feet in length and grow to about 5 feet in length. Bonnethead sharks are very abundant in the nearshore and inshore waters around Daytona Beach. They are the one of the most common sharks caught along the Halifax River on Daytona Beach inshore fishing charters especially during the summer months.
Bonnethead sharks are very active sharks that must keep moving since they are not buoyant. They typically swim in small schools of 5 to 15 sharks although much larger schools of hundreds of sharks have been seen. Bonnethead sharks are very abundant around Daytona Beach during the spring, summer and fall. In the summer months they are especially numerous inshore along the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Waterway near Daytona Beach.
On Captain CB's inshore fishing charters along the Halifax River, you can catch bonnethead sharks during the warmer months without having to go into the Atlantic. During the winter months, bonnethead sharks typically migrate further south or to deeper water further offshore.
Bonnethead sharks are 'keepers' with no minimum size limit. The daily bag limit is one bonnethead shark per angler per day and two bonnethead sharks per boat. (See note on Florida Fishing Regulations below)
If you want to catch a few sharks while on a Daytona Beach inshore fishing charter with Captain CB, let Captain CB know and he'll put you onto some bonnetheads! You'll also have the opportunity to catch bonnethead sharks while on a shark fishing trip with Captain CB near the Daytona Beach shore.
ATLANTIC SHARPNOSE SHARK - (found Inshore and Nearshore)
Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks are one of the most common sharks to catch on a Daytona Beach shark fishing trip or an inshore fishing charter along the Halifax River. They are recognized by their long flattened snout. They are a lot of fun to catch and are often the first shark caught by anglers on their first shark fishing trip or inshore fishing charter along the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Atlantic sharpnose sharks grow to about 4 feet long. The larger adults live nearshore even as close to shore as the surf. The smaller juveniles inhabit the brackish inshore waters such as the Halifax River and bays and estuaries all around Florida.
Atlantic sharpnose sharks are 'keepers' with no minimum size limit. The daily bag limit is one Atlantic sharpnose shark per angler per day and two Atlantic sharpnose sharks per boat.
(See note on Florida Fishing Regulations below)
MAKO SHARK - (found Nearshore and Offshore)
The legendary Mako Shark is another of the larger species of sharks you may encounter on a Daytona Beach shark fishing trip. Mako sharks are one of the fastest sharks in the ocean, reaching speeds of up to 45 mph. There are two species of Mako Shark, the Shortfin Mako and the Longfin Mako. The Shortfin Mako is sometimes encountered on shark fishing trips within just a couple of miles off the Daytona Beach area shoreline, especially near Ponce Inlet. Found in temperate and tropical seas worldwide, shortfin mako sharks are typically found offshore but do come closer to land especially near inlets where prey is plentiful, such as Ponce Inlet near Daytona Beach. The rarer Longfin Mako stays much further offshore and in deeper waters. To catch a Longfin Mako Sharks, you'll need to go deep sea fishing near the Gulf Stream.
Thankfully, Shortfin Makos do occassionally come nearshore and are always a possibility on a Daytona Beach shark fishing charter with Captain CB. Adult shortfin mako sharks are typically about 10 feet in length although some specimens up to 14 feet long have been recorded.
'Keepers' must have a minimum 54 inch fork length (tip of nose to where the tail forks) The daily bag limit is one shortfin mako shark per angler per day and two shortfin mako sharks per boat. (See note on Florida Fishing Regulations below)
Note on Florida Fishing Regulations
Captain CB stays current on the latest Florida shark fishing regulations. He will let you know which sharks are 'keepers' and which are 'catch and release'. For current regulations regarding harvestable shark species, go to the official Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website page for Recreational Shark Fishing Regulations.