Also Known As: Hound, Gummy Shark, Smut, Smoothie
Scientific Name: Mustelus Mustelus
Description: The Smoothhound is a member of the shark family and can be found in many of the world’s seas. This Shark does not reach anywhere near the sizes of its close relatives in the family of sharks and is unique in the fact that it has no teeth, instead, it has bone crushing pads that are perfect for crushing its favoured prey of crabs. This pretty little shark is normally of a grey colour with a white belly, although some variations will have many white speckles on their backs.
Average Size: These fish can reach sizes over 40lbs but the average size that you will catch is around 8lb.
Where To Catch: These sharks can be found in many of the world’s oceans with prime locations to catch them being Namibia and South Africa. In the summertime, the Smooth-hounds arrive on UK shorelines making for great sport with top UK destinations being Selsey, Pagham and Holderness.
Fishing Methods: The Smoothhound is predominantly a bottom feeding fish so the best method to target them is by using a ledgered bait. Casting this from the shore, you will then wait for the rod tip to show indications that a fish has picked up the bait, these fish will hit hard and run fast so ensure that your drag is set on your reels or you may be chasing your rod down the beach. Baits for Smooth-hounds will vary from region to region but the most common bait is crustaceans (crab, prawns) followed by small fish baits which are normally cut into chunks before being placed on the hook.