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Updated: 04/26/2018 08:30:05AM

Sharks, size small

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By Robert Lugiewicz

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You remember the movie Jaws, right? In the film, Quint uses a massive 16/0 Penn Senator reel and a broomstick-like rod to battle a huge great white shark. A lot of people think shark fishing means you’ll be using that kind of gear.

In real life, not so much. Although shark fishing can be like that (sort of), it usually isn’t. Most of the sharks you’ll encounter in Charlotte Harbor and the nearshore Gulf are much smaller — 4 feet or less. Taking on these sharks with Quint’s outfit would be like fishing for bluegill with a grouper rod. It would take all the sport out of it. Fishing for smaller sharks is a light tackle game.

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