Sharks Size & Catch Limits

Hunting Regulations Icon South Carolina Hunting & Fishing

Federal Highly Migratory Species Permit with a Shark Endorsement are required in federal waters to recreationally fish for, retain, possess, or land sharks. All sharks must be landed with fins, head and tail naturally attached. Recreational anglers may only catch sharks using a rod & reel or handline. All other gears prohibited. Additionally, angers fishing recreationally for sharks are required to use non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks, except when fishing with flies or artificial lures. Check current federal regulations and find a shark identification guide by visiting http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/compliance/regulations/index.html


Closed Season

Bag Limit

Size Limit


Dogfish (spiny & smooth) No associated regulations.
Atlantic Sharpnose 1 per person per day
Bonnethead 1 per person per day
Blacknose, Blacktip, Blue, Bull, Finetooth, Lemon, Nurse, Porbeagle, Spinner, Thresher, Tiger and Oceanic Whitetip Sharks 1 shark per vessel per day 54-inch FL
Shortfin Mako – Females 83-inch FL
Shortfin Mako – Males 71-inch FL
Great Hammerhead, Scalloped Hammerhead and Smooth Hammerhead Sharks 78-inch FL
Atlantic Angel, Basking, Bignose, Dusky, Galapagos, Longfin Mako, Narrowtooth, Night, Caribbean Reef, Sandbar, Sevengill, Caribbean Sharpnose, Silky, Bigeye Sixgill, Sixgill, Smalltail, Bigeye Thresher, Bigeye Sand Tiger, Sand Tiger, Whale and White Sharks Possession prohibited Possession prohibited
  • If caught, sharks from this group must be released immediately, without removing it from the water.