We also find Nurse sharks most commonly on the reef while we are fishing for Yellowtail Snapper. We hook, catch, and release them when targeting grouper on the bottom with live baits. They are bottom dwellers, and for the most part, harmless, but don’t underestimate their ability to protect themselves and strike as necessary. Nurse sharks can reach 14 feet long. While their teeth do not look like the typical razor-sharp teeth we see in other sharks it is still very important to keep your hands away from their mouth. They have thousands of tiny teeth and extremely strong jaws used to crush and eat shellfish and even coral.
Sharks seem to pretty much eat anything as they are opportunistic feeders, but each species we catch do have their preferences. Usually you want to offer a Shark what they either seem to be feeding on already or what food source is most likely to be in that area. Sharks will eat live bait, especially ones behaving erratically because it has a hook in it. They are also not leader shy allowing you to use rigs that have heavy metal leader and thick monofilament rated for even 100lb-300lbs depending on the size of the shark. For dead baits you want to use fish that have a strong scent, are oily and bloody. This usually means fish like Barracuda, Bonita, and Mackerel. In some scenarios, Sharks will also eat Tuna or Mahi carcasses after the valuable fillet meat has already been removed for human consumption.
The great thing about charter fishing in the Florida Keys is you never really know what you are going to catch or see until you go! If you are interested in fishing with the Main Attraction team call us at 305-289-0071 or visit our contact page for more.