For years, we usually see the Sevengill Sharks show up in the winter and as the water warms, the Soupfin Sharks are not far behind. Soupfin sharks generally show up in April on the beaches and usually hang around all summer before moving back from which they came. Only a couple of Soupfin have been caught early in the year (Smaller sample size) and here the possible warm waters of El Nino have brought them back early.
One interesting note of Soupfin Shark (Galeorhinus galeus) is that in the northern part of its U.S. west coast range (British Columbia to northern California), most soupfins are males. In southern California, females predominate. Along the central coast of California, there are roughly equal numbers of males and females. Not only was this Soupfin a little early showing up on the beaches, but it was also a male in which might be the first from what intel I’m gathering from the old time surf sharkers in the region. You will notice on the Surf Shark list posted in the P-Soul forum that all have been females the past year and a half.
Soupfin Sharks are caught on the same rigs and baits as the Sevengill Sharks. Be sure to read the articles to get any information you need to start fishing for these beauties and be sure to check out the Forums where much more detailed information is shared and questions are answered. Be sure to sign up in the forum so you can ask questions to the members and receive specific answers to your questions as it is a resource at your finger tips!