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Updated: 06/06/2014 08:00:01AM

Shark shenanigans

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Elissa Allen caught this bull shark in the Peace River, almost to the Desoto County line.

By Capt. Ralph Allen

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Springtime is shark time in Southwest Florida, and in recent years, shark fishing in our region has been getting better and better. More and more sharks of many different species are being seen and caught every year — probably as a result of harvest restrictions placed on both recreational and commercial fishermen. The hot shark fishing action this year has been the best in recent memory. One result of the plethora of sharks is that more and more people are eating sharks that they’ve caught. Shark can be great on the table, but there are a few things you need to know if you want to enjoy a safe and legal meal.

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