Yep – we got 'em. Right here in Long Island Sound. Right here in Connecticut. Perhaps you've caught one. Perhaps you think you've had one on your line (I feel I may have). Perhaps you've actually tried to land one , but failed. One thing is for certain. You're fascinated by them. Why? Because everyone – everyone – is fascinated by sharks.
So, why kind of sharks populate Connecticut's salt waters? Dave Sigworth has written that there's basically four varieties of sharks that live in the waters of Long Island Sound. First, there's sand tiger sharks, which are – whoa – up to ten feet in length. There's also dogfish, which are sharks that grow up to five feet in length. By the way, these guys like to hang close to the shore to feed off the bottom of the Sound.
And lets not forget spiny dogfish, which have dorsal fins with spines in front of them for protection. They're roughly four feet and length and can live to the age of 40! Lastly, there's the brown shark, a specimen which is roughly five feet in length.
Obviously none of these critters are the type of fish you should be apt to remove a hook from by hand. Truth be told, you'd want to be with an experienced shark fisherman or someone who really knows his or her stuff if you hook one. Still, there probably isn't a large chance you'll land a shark while fishing Connecticut's waters. Then again, you never know.
Ultimately, few if any fishermen will ever find themselves even vaguely in a life and death situation with a saltwater predator like a shark. There's always the possibility though, and that possibility is what makes sharks fascinating – not just to Connecticut fisherman, but to people everywhere.