This yellowish looking shark, also known as Negaprion Brevirostris, are stocky and are smaller compared to other sharks, only getting to about 10 feet and 200 lbs. They like the warmer waters and stay closer to the surfaces.
Lemons like small prey that don’t put up much of a fight, they are the lazier of the shark family. They don’t have the fancy sharp teeth like other sharks, they are curved so they can catch slippery prey better. The mangrove areas that lemon sharks inhabit are often referred to as their nursery sites. These sharks approach their victim with speed and then will brake suddenly using their pectoral fins upon contact then grasps it and shakes it from side to side.
These sharks are designated as NT, or near threatened and are prohibited from harvest. We will do catch and release on the lemon shark.
Catch and Release Methods by Florida Fish and Wildlife:
•Use tackle heavy enough to land a fish quickly to reduce exhaustion, which could result in its death or weaken it making it more vulnerable to predators. (Prohibited species that die while on the line after being caught in state waters should be returned to the water.)
• Release the fish while it is in the water when possible.
• Use a de-hooking device to remove hooks safely.
• Use non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks when fishing with natural bait to avoid gut hooking a fish - circle hooks tend to hook fish in the jaw, making them easier to remove.
• Bend barbs down on hooks so they can be removed with less damage to a fish.
Did you know…Sharks have a magnetic sensor in their nose that allows them to attract prey and to find others to mate with. They depend on this sense of smell because they have very poor eyesight.