Shark Tournament

Join us for the final tournament of the 2011 season. Registration is FREE: Download tournament registration and information here :WORD:  Tournament-registration Oct PDF: Tournament-registration Oct
SHARKMAN PREADATOR ROUND-UP
Oct 28-Dec 4 2011
Welcome, Anglers to a fishing tournament steeped in tradition and as American as Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet. Follow those before us: Captain Frank Mundus, Walter Maxwell, Herb Goodman and many other avid shark fishermen as you embark on a pursuit to seek out and battle the world’s deadliest predator: The Shark on our grand stage!
This tournament isn’t about trophies or prize money… it’s about YOU, the American Outdoorsman and your right as a tax-paying voter of this great nation to pursue your freedom to fish. Read on and we hope you join us. Good luck!!
THE SHARK POPULATION- The only legitimate method to determine real fish stock is through reliable data compiled during sample fishing throughout an entire year. All shark species are migratory, therefore this tournament will be held through four seasons of fishing: Spring/March, Summer/June, Fall/Sept., Winter/Dec. It is essential that our data collected be accurate therefore all participating anglers will be encouraged to photo-document all sharks hooked and landed as well as those that are released.
In this final tournament of the 2011 season, you, the fisherman will have the
opportunity to compete in a completely FREE fishing experience. It will be
angler against shark in boundaries of your choice. You can enter one shark
every day of the tournament. It will not be necessary to bring your catch to a
local weigh station since this event will be judged on length and girth
calculations.
Each participant, upon ONLINE registration, will receive by mail a Predator Round-up
registration numbered code sheet which must be displayed with angler and catch
in a photo you enter by email. Each shark entered must include two photos, one
depicting measurement with tape-measure tip of nose to fork of tail and up top
of tail, including girth measurement around abdomen. This will be used in
judging. The second photo of your choice will be scanned for an award plaque if
you win!
Each angler must follow Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) catch-limit rules and
regulations of 2011, and we remind all participants that four species of sharks
(sandtiger, lemon, sandbar and dusky) are prohibited and must be safely
released after measuring. We ask that you document all of your sharks landed
for data research to be compiled after awards are presented. We also encourage
participants to donate edible species to feed the homeless. Contact on website
(www.sharkmanofcortez.com) for additional
information on where to deposit your iced and gutted.
Download the Registration form in pdf: SHARKMAN PREADATOR ROUND
or in word format: Tournament-registration May
SHARKMAN PREDATOR ROUNDUP- MAY 2011
Welcome, anglers, to round number two. Sharpen your hooks and get ready for an explosive tourney. The good news: protected sandbar and dusky sharks are returning north, migrating to cooler waters. Maybe in 2012 they won’t be protected. So your baits won’t be wasted on them. The best news: great hammers, bull sharks and big ass tigers will be attacking tarpon etc., and waiting for you guys. Just don’t try feeding them if you spearfish! (the guy attacked off Fort Lauderdale). Okay let’s get serious…the sharkers in St. Pete are challenging Sarasota anglers to forget about that 640 lb mako and start fishing for the bottom feeders above. Those species are tackle busters too! Remember lemon sharks are now protected, so let them go for now…but Gov. Scott is watching and so is the nation—join the Fishing Alliance and remember, we fish, we vote!
Good luck,
Captain Bill Goldschmitt

Winners of the March Tournament left to right: Captain Dane Karcher, myself, Captain Jesse Mayer and Captain Joe Maisano

May tournament: Dane Karcher's son, Reef poses next to a 348 pound bull shark

Crew and author pose with Captain Dane Karcher's 348 pounder at Hubard's Marina

The following night Captain Joe Maisano takes the lead in the bull shark division with a 435 pounder.

Welcome, Anglers to a fishing tournament steeped in tradition and as American as Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet. Follow those before us: Captain Frank Mundus, Walter Maxwell, Herb Goodman and many other avid shark fishermen as you embark on a pursuit to seek out and battle the world’s deadliest predator: The Shark on our grand stage! This tournament isn’t about trophies or prize money… it’s about YOU, the American Outdoorsman and your right as a tax-paying voter of this great nation to pursue your freedom to fish. Read on and we hope you join us.Good luck!!
Sharkman Predator Roundup
Update March 18, 2011
As of this post 27 fishermen have hooked and brought to boatside or landed 176 sharks so far with 11 days remaining in the March Tournament:
147 Sandbar sharks (carcharhinus milberti) 4-7 feet
11 Dusky sharks (carcharhinus obscurus) 9-11 feet
2 Sandtiger sharks (carcharias taurus) 6-8 feet
4 Scalloped hammerhead (sphyr na lewini) 6-8 feet
6 Spinner blacktip (carcharhinus maculipinnis) 4-6 feet
4 Tiger sharks (galeocerdo cuvieri) 6-10 feet
1 Bull shark (carcharhinus leucas) 6 feet
1 Short fin mako (isurus oxyrhinchus) 5 feet
All of these sharks were photo-documented and marked for identification. Only 11 sharks (legal species) were kept. The remaining 165 sharks were set free and not brought to gaff. These included the sandbar, dusky and sandtiger sharks, all considered “endangered” by National Marine Fisheries and therefore are protected. Five of the 11 legal sharks were set free due to the fishermen not believing they would rank in total standings, etc.
This is not unexpected: I knew most sharks caught during the March tournament would be winter migrating species and not eligible for capture due to protection. The sandbar, dusky and sandtigers don’t belong on any protected species list and the low catch total of sandtigers is especially due to the fact that they prefer live bait set on the Gulf bottom. (Most fishermen don’t know this). Nevertheless the sandtiger is a common winter migration shark, especially along Florida’s Atlantic coast.
This data collected is vital for documentation so we may present evidence to Governor Rick Scott in our effort to reverse the use of bad science in managing fish stocks. This overwhelming evidence of sandbar sharks along our shores is clear. Keep up the good work fishermen!
I realize you fishermen have great expense due to bait and gas costs as well as your time. I also understand your frustration at not being able to bring protected sharks to shore. But our summer tournament starts in May and great hammerheads, bull, large blacktip and tigers (all legal species) will be migrating soon so enjoy the excitement. Remember, lemon sharks are also protected so release them. Good luck on these next two weekends, and see you at the end of the tournament.
Respectfully,
Captain Bill Goldschmitt
P.S. Please sign up with the National Fishermen’s Alliance (www.thefra.org.) It’s the only way to protect your outdoorsmen’s rights. We will be heard!
Update March 25, 2011
Dane Karcher’s charters out of Madeira Beach have been going strong, catching these two-one hundred pound blacktips, a spinner blacktip and a large blacktip:

SHARKMAN PREDATOR ROUNDUP RECAP April 2, 2011
32 fishermen hooked a total of 231 sharks during the March Tournament. Only 35 sharks were designated as legal species and only 23 of these captured were returned to weigh stations. The remaining 208 sharks were released. Of these sharks, 196 were designated by the Federal Government as Protected species and could not be landed! (sandbar, dusky and sandtiger)
Of particular note: Dr. Bob Hueter, Director of Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory was quoted in a past news article saying, “I haven’t seen a dusky shark in nine years.” Hmmmm… 17 duskys were released in March! And he’s the head of research at a lab designated by Congress as the top shark facility in this country! I hope you take note, Governor Rick Scott, because the National Fisherman’s Alliance sure is!
Thank you, fishermen, for this important data and keep the faith because May is next! Big tigers and bulls and great hammerheads will be coming, get those baits ready!
OUR MARCH FIRST PLACE WINNERS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
1. Captain Jesse Mayer 112 pound Bull Shark
2. Captain Dane Karcher 104 pound Blacktip shark
3. Captain Joe Maisano 83 pound spinner shark
Since nearly all the sharks hooked in March were protected, ALL fishermen who signed up in the tournament are automatically entered into the May Roundup at NO charge. You will be notified by mail. Also, 2 of the 4 weekends had bad weather so we hope May will afford better fishing conditions.
Good Luck,
Captain Bill Goldschmitt (Remember: WE FISH, WE VOTE)
FINAL TOTALS:
177 Sandbar Sharks 12 Spinner 2 short fin mako
17 Dusky 8 Blacktip
2 Sandtiger 5 Tiger
5 Scalloped hammerheads 3 bull

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