Name: Bronze Whaler Shark
Also known as: Bronzie, Copper Shark, Whaler Shark, Narrowtooth Shark
Scientific Name: Carcharhinus brachyurus
Description: The Bronze Whaler Shark is a mean, sleek, killing machine. These widespread sharks are muscle houses. The long snout of a Bronze Whaler Shark has a mouth full of razor sharp teeth that are used for biting into its favourite prey of squid and fish. The colour of this fish, as the name suggests, is a bronze colour with a copper effect and when landed glistens in the sun. The eyes of the Bronze Whaler Shark are covered in a membrane that when threatened will lower down over the eye and cover it protecting it from harm.
Average Size: The Bronze Whaler Shark reaches sizes well in excess of 300lb but the average size that is caught are around 100lb in weight.
Where to catch: The Bronze Whaler is very widespread in the waters it inhabits. You can catch Bronze Whaler sharks destinations such as Brazil, Mexico, Australia and of course the rugged coastlines of Africa. In Africa, many anglers target Bronze Whaler Sharks from the shoreline. Popular destinations for this include Namibias beautiful Skeleton coast and South Africa’s western coastline ta places like Mossel Bay.
Fishing methods: Bronze Whalers are top of the food chain and these fish need big meaty baits to entice them to bite. You can fish from both the shore and boat. When fishing from the shore, a stiff rod is needed to be able to deal with the Bronze Whalers long powerful runs. Big reels loaded with braid or mono are needed as well as these sharks will head out to sea once hooked and sometimes there is no stopping the initial run.