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Smooth Hound, Bass, Eel - Beach Angling July 2022

Smooth Hound, Bass, Eel  -  Beach Angling July 2022

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30th July 2022

Pete Cornwell is pictured with a PB conger eel of 11lb 4oz/128cm from a recent session that also included smooth hound, sole, silver eel and bass - Thanks Pete for sending :)

18th July 2022

Thanks Luke Ripley for this great picture - Luke reports:
'Morning guys low water trip last night to Eastbourne beach, three nice smoothhounds to 11lb 2oz. Cheers for hermit crabs great quality bait.'

17th July 2022

David Lambert is pictured with a 6lb 7oz bass caught last night at Langney point, just after low water. Nice catch David - thanks for sending!

15th July 2022

Glyn Morgan is pictured with a smoothhound of 8lb 10ozs, the biggest of four caught Friday evening at Cooden!

DID YOU KNOW - Despite being a shark species and looking like a predator smooth-hound do not primarily feed by hunting fish. Instead they scour the seabed for crustaceans such as crabs, lobsters and hermit crabs and will also eat shellfish. They will take fish on occasions when the opportunity arises, but fish do not make up a significant part of their diet. The smooth-hounds feeding habits can be better understood by looking at its teeth. Rather than the typical sharp shark-like teeth the smooth-hound has blunt but powerful crushing plates which are adapted perfectly to consume the crustaceans which make up the majority of its diet. This lack of teeth leads to the smooth-hounds alternative name of 'gummy shark'.

Smooth hound make for excellent sport fishing in the UK and are popular targets for catch and release anglers.They are caught throughout the summer months and have a preference for warmer waters, so from the shore in the UK they are more likely to be more prevalent in the south. These sharks fight hard and strip line like few other fish. The fact that they’re sharks probably adds to their appeal for many anglers, but it takes some skill to catch them..

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