Mustelus Henlei



Onshore, Nearshore

10 - 15 pounds

18" - 39"

Brown Smooth-Hound

Also Known As: Brown Smoothhound  Shark

Brown Smooth-hound (Mustelus henlei) Fish Description

The Brown Smooth-hound Shark is a small shark. Like any shark, it has two dorsal fins and two anal fins. As their name states, they’re brownish in color which also helps them hide in the sands. Unlike most sharks, however, the Brown Smooth-hound has a blunt nose and large eyes. It appears to be reliant on its sense of sight though it still retains the usual sharp smell that most sharks have. One of its other noticeable traits is on its tailfin. The tailfin appears to be asymmetrical with a slight notch.

The Brown Smooth-hound Shark, unlike it’s more vicious cousins, has smaller teeth. Their teeth also don’t appear as sharp as that of their cousins.


Diet and Size

Brown Smooth-hound Sharks are bottom feeders. They usually loiter around at the bottom of the ocean. Brown Smooth-hound Sharks usually feed on squids, shrimps and, crabs. They’re also known to feed on worms that lurk at the bottom of the ocean floor.

Brown Smooth-hound Sharks are quite small. They usually grow up to 3.2 feet but usually grow between 1.6 ft to 2.3 ft. Males and females are usually the same size and are considered mature by 1.6 ft. 


Interesting Facts about the Brown Smooth-hound

  • Brown Smooth-hound Sharks adjust well to captivity.
  • Although they don’t taste good, anglers still catch them as gamefish and as pets.
  • Brown Smooth-hound Sharks are known to live up only to 15 years.
  • Because of its small size, the Brown Smooth-hound Shark ends up being preyed upon by bigger sharks like the Sevengill Shark.
  • Brown Smooth-hound Sharks are considered harmless to humans.
  • They usually only have 3-5 pups.
  • Surprisingly, the Brown Smooth-hound despite its demure nature is not hunted for its fins.
    • Probably because it’s too small.


Fishing Techniques: How to Catch a Brown Smooth-hound

Brown Smooth-hound sharks normally swim around shallow and muddy bays. Usually, it’ll be a little hard to spot them but the best way to get them close is to bring in the bait. They love themselves some good squid and shrimp. According to anglers, however, the best bait they