Rules of Brigantine Shark Fishing

Brigantine Shark Fishing
Photo and Catch by Chris G.

Things are really heating up as the toothy critters have moved into Brigantine waters, that’s according to Captain Andy at Riptide Bait & Tackle.

As an 8-foot, Sand Tiger Shark was caught in our Brigantine surf recently, interest in shark fishing has been heightened.

Sand Tigers and Brown Sharks are very common in our Brigantine waters.

Many sharks are on the protected species list. You can’t target them under any circumstances. However, you can still shark fish…. carefully.

Want to fish for shark? Here’s what you need to know:

Sharks you can target:

  • Smooth Dogfish
  • Spiny Dogfish
  • Threshers
  • Spinners

Many come close enough to grab your bait from the shore.

Catch a protected shark? It must be released IMMEDIATELY and can’t be removed from the water at any time. Can’t remove the hook? Cut the line.

Shark research: some anglers tag and release sharks. That’s a huge help in supporting the future of these sea creatures.

Sharking from the surf can be a lot of fun. But please, be VERY careful. Although sharks are usually not aggressive, they still have sharp teeth and can do some real damage.

Sharks swim in our Brigantine waters looking for mackerel, kingfish and eels.

Some shark anglers only buy frozen eels for bait. Very effective.

Summer Flounder.

Flounder fishing continues to be great, according to Captain Andy of Riptide bait & Tackle. Salmon Belly Strips and Salmon Red Gulp working with the local flounder population.

The front surf in Brigantine very active with king fish, still hitting hard. Drum and Stripers too.


It really has been very enjoyable watching so many new anglers that have never fished before getting into the action and realizing how much fun it really is.

New to fishing? Riptide caters to both beginners and experts. They can show you the ropes. Stop in and they’ll set you up with exactly what you need.

For latest Brigantine fishing reports, info & pics:

Capt Andy

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