Sand Tiger Shark

Sand tiger sharks frequent the temperate waters of several different countries, including North America. These sharks are very docile and are considered a protected species. They can be caught by night fishing, bottom fishing, still fishing, and surf casting – preferably with a circle hook so the shark isn’t harmed.

Sand Tiger Shark

Region: Northeast, South
Habitat: Ocean, Coastal Waters

How to identify Sand Tiger Shark

Sand tiger sharks have stocky bodies and flat snouts. Their coloring is light brown-green-gray on their backs with pale gray-white abdomens. They get their name from the dark stripes that run along their sides. Their dorsal fins and anal fins are almost the same size. Their sharp, ragged teeth give them an aggressive appearance.

Where to catch Sand Tiger Shark

These sharks can be found along coasts of Japan, South Africa, the Mediterranean, Australia, and eastern North/South America in subtropical, temperate waters. Their range includes areas along the shore with sandy bottoms, continental shelves, and reefs up to 627 feet deep. They aren’t often found in shallow water, though a few have been spotted in water that is only ten feet deep.

Range: Northeast, South
Sand Tiger Shark Fishing Map

The following are habitats where you can catch Sand Tiger Shark:

How to catch Sand Tiger Shark

Sand tiger sharks are commonly referred to as gray nurse sharks. Although they appear to be aggressive, they are just the opposite. Unless provoked, they are a docile shark. Laws protect sand tiger sharks from being boated by hook/line fishermen because they are a protected species. Anglers who do opt to fish for these sharks do so using ethical catch and release methods. Many anglers use live bait to chum for these sharks, which are usually caught using live bait. Effective methods for catching them include night fishing, bottom fishing, still fishing, and surf casting.

The following are effective fishing methods and techniques for catching Sand Tiger Shark:

Best Lures, Bait & Tackle to catch Sand Tiger Shark

The sand tiger shark responds best to live baits, such as bluefish, tuna, and mackerel.

The following are fishing lures, bait and tackle that can be used to catch Sand Tiger Shark: