10 - 15 pounds
18" - 39"
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.
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.
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’ve seen work with Brown Smooth-hound is squid.
Once you have your bait ready, now comes the equipment. The best one so far is medium tackle since they can be quite heavy. Also take note, just because they’re harmless to humans doesn’t mean they are not strong. Brown Smooth-hound Sharks will put up a bit of a fight which is why you need strong lines.
Brown Smooth-hound Sharks don’t usually come out in the morning. Anglers recommend either during the sunset or during the night. Although in places like Mexico, anglers have shown that it’s possible to catch Brown Smooth-hound Sharks during the day time. In fact, some people even let their children try it out since they’re small and possibly easier to handle in comparison to other fish that have a feisty temper.
Brown Smooth-hound Sharks love shallow bays that have muddy bottoms. It’s usually where they find their daily meal of shrimp, crabs, and squid. They are also quite common in piers such as Fort Baker Pier Angel Island Pier, Port View Park Pier, and other piers in San Francisco.
However, their presence also depends on the months. They usually move out during the winter months though it depends on how salty the water is.