Dusky Shark

DUSKY SHARK (Carcharhinus obscurus) OTHER NAMES: Blue Bonito, False Albacore, Little Tuna

RANGE: All Florida coasts, present, but not as numerous, in the Bahamas and Caribbean.

HABITAT: Primarily coastal, from beaches to deep reefs.

DESCRIPTION: Dark gray above, shading to whitish below. Dorsal fin is triangular but not so broad as the Sandbar Shark, to which it is quite similar.

SIZE: Weighs up to 250 pounds. Maximum is probably around 500 pounds. Florida and world records 764 pounds.

FOOD VALUE: Good.

GAME QUALITIES: Strong and stubborn.

TACKLE AND BAITS: Medium to heavy ocean outfits; go lighter at your own risk. Any sort of fresh-dead fish or large fresh chunk of cut bait will work.

FISHING SYSTEMS: Drifting; Still Fishing.

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