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Baby sharks thriving in Brisbane and Bremer rivers

NICE CATCH: Jason Reeve, 32, caught this 110cm bull shark near the Mt Crosby Weir recently and retruned to the same spot yesterday to catch two more.
NICE CATCH: Jason Reeve, 32, caught this 110cm bull shark near the Mt Crosby Weir recently and retruned to the same spot yesterday to catch two more. Contributed

IT'S no longer a surprise to hear of sharks being caught in the Brisbane River around Ipswich.

In fact, smaller bull sharks seem to be in such healthy numbers around Colleges Crossing, Kookaburra Park and the Mt Crosby Weir now that they are nearly as easy to catch as catfish.

Flinders View father of three Jason Reeve used to be a dedicated Australian bass fisherman, but turned his attention to bull sharks after noticing how common they were in the river and how much fun they were to haul in.

Mr Reeve has been using live spangled perch on the end of 100-pound leader to snare some impressive little sharks in recent weeks - including a 110cm specimen downstream from the weir on the night of December 20.

As recently as yesterday morning, he caught and released another two smaller sharks of around 1m in length, at Kookaburra Park.

One of the sharks already had a hook and broken wire trace in its mouth - showing that it wasn't its first encounter with humans.

"Ten or 15 years ago you didn't hear of people catching them very often - now they seem to be everywhere and a lot of people are catching them," Mr Reeves said.

"I've seen one shark swimming near Mt Crosby Weir that is about double the size of the one I caught down from the weir recently.

"Personally I wouldn't swim at the weir or Colleges Crossing, knowing what is in there. If there were a shark of about six foot hanging around he might grab you."

Although smaller sharks are common, sharks of two metres or more are rare, if not unheard of, around the upper reaches of the river, and attacks on humans are extremely rare.

Mr Reeves said he believed there were some larger sharks around, however.

"Something is giving birth to these babies," he said.

Earlier in 2014, Cr Paul Tully warned that the Brisbane and Bremer Rivers were "teaming" with bull sharks, and warned swimmers, water skiers and fishermen to be aware of the potential for attacks.

Mr Reeve said that with the right gear and the right bait, it did not take too much patience to catch a bull shark in the Brisbane River.

"It can take me about 20 minutes to get a hook up," he said.

"The two I caught at Kookaburra Park yesterday morning were landed about 45 minutes apart."

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