Smoothhounds are a type of shark that can be found in the west Atlantic Ocean. They generally stick to inshore areas and are prevalent from South Carolina to the Chesapeake Bay. Anglers looking to catch them should try bait casting, bottom fishing, jigging, still fishing, and surf casting.

Smooth Hound

Region: South
Habitat: Ocean

How to identify Smoothhound

Smoothhounds, also known as smooth dogfish, are sharks with long, small bodies. They have wide, oval-shaped eyes with a spiracle behind each one. They have a mouth full of numerous blunted, small teeth in both upper and lower jaws. Their coloring is greenish-brown on the sides and pale gray-yellow-white on their abdomen. They have an uncanny ability to slowly change their color by contracting or relaxing.

Where to catch Smoothhound

These sharks can be found in the west Atlantic from Uruguay to the Bay of Fundy. They are commonly found from Delaware Bay to Cape Cod. During the winter, they tend to stay between South Carolina and the Chesapeake Bay. Although they are rarely found up near Canada, the Bay of Fundy is the exception. The most commonly inhabit inshore waters that are approximately 60 feet deep, though they have been found as deep as 656 feet.

Range: South
Smoothhound Fishing Map

The following are habitats where you can catch Smoothhound:

How to catch Smoothhound

To catch the smoothhound, anglers should use light tackle that includes a 5-7 ft. rod and spinning reel with a 10-12 test line, small-medium hook, and sinker. Anglers sometimes choose to fish while anchored at 30 feet depth, or while drifting. When casting, the bait should be allowed to reach the bottom, then should be jigged at intervals. Those who prefer to fish in surf water or from a pier should cast 10-15 feet out. The movement of the water will automatically jig the line. Anglers should periodically reel in their bait and re-bait as needed. When the fish bites the hook, it should be allowed to run for a few seconds. Then, it should be reeled in while carefully keeping the line from tangling. If fishing from a boat, anglers should keep the line out and away from the boat. The best methods for catching smoothhounds are bait casting, bottom fishing, jigging, still fishing, and surf casting.

The following are effective fishing methods and techniques for catching Smoothhound:

Best Lures, Bait & Tackle to catch Smoothhound

The best baits to use for smoothhounds are strips of squid, herring, and mackerel, although bonefish, bunker, and mullet also work well.

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