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SHARK!

I’ve been in the fishing media business for decades and I have never seen so many sharks close to the beach in our waters. There was a confirmed bull shark caught off of Fire Island beach and a confirmed white shark, which grabbed a fluke, less than 1/2 mile off the beach. I personally have seen numerous sharks while fluking off the south shore.

I also have never seen so many shark bite offs on everything from striped bass to tuna. Most tuna anglers are seeing this on the majority of trips. I have never heard of beaches being closed or swimmers being told to go no more than ankle-deep because of a fear of a shark attack. These people are watching too much Shark Fest on TV. These sharks have always been close to the beach

Sure we have more bait in our waters than any state on the coast, as we’re the only state that keeps the bunker reduction fleet out of our waters. We now have all year classes of bunker that are paying off for anglers big time. Those sharks were always near, they were just further offshore. The continued growth of the sharking from the beach, like the bull shark that was taken, as well as many protected sharks, are bringing attention to a fact all anglers are well aware of – we have a lot of sharks here. We always have. The difference is we now have a lot of anglers targeting them from shore combined with social media, and it’s causing hysteria.

Any other opinions?

Below is a video of sharks attacking bait just off of the beach.

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Was that filmed locally?? Where about on the South Shore??
I'm not 100% sure, but the tankers in the background lead me to believe Jones-East Rockaway. I'll see if I can find out.
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  • August 7, 2020
I was fortunate enough to be able to speak with two noted marine experts (scientists) who have examined the longitudinal data and when I asked them (separately) why I was seeing more and more sharks each year, their response was the same. Warming ocean temperatures are widening the gulf stream currents that historically have largely bypassed Long Island at greater depths. With those bands of warmer water intruding closer to shore, the menhaden that they're feeding on have moved closer as well. Thus the sharks. If you think about it, haven't we also seen more bait than in previous years as well? My evidence is only anecdotal, but I listen to scientists. The two that I spoke with have no stake in the game, but - because global warming has become a political issue for some - they avoid publically making statements about warming waters.

I listen to the scientists.
Again, I'm no marine biologist, but I think it's evident that fish will follow their prey. We have more bait in our waters than in most states due to the Omega "not a ban" ban. We have every age and size and each year we're seeing more and more menhaden. We have seen an early inshore tuna fishery that was on bait. Like most hunters, are opportunists. Similar to what you would see in Alaska when you're trying to reel in a salmon with a sea-lion try to grab it.
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