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An avid fisherman claims summer is the best time to catch bull sharks in the Brisbane River. Rob Stevens and a group of mates have been fishing from the banks of the river near the William Jolly Bridge for the past six years. He said the river was teeming with the sharks, which provide an exhilarating fight when hooked.Where have bull sharks been caught in the Kimberleys?
In 2008, a 2.9m bull shark was caught at the Brisbane River mouth by a trophy hunter. Mr Johnson says bull sharks, also known as river whalers, have been reported hundreds of kilometres upstream in the Kimberleys and 3700km upstream in the Amazon River.Why are there so many sharks in the Brisbane River?
Associate professor Daryl McPhee said bull sharks used the Brisbane River for pupping or breeding, and larger sharks also used it for feeding. "They are particularly abundant in the Brisbane River in the late summer months," he said. "It's their breeding time so the large females can be found in the river.Where are bull sharks found in the world?
In the Atlantic, it is found from Massachusetts to southern Brazil, and from Morocco to Angola . Populations of bull sharks are also found in several major rivers, with more than 500 bull sharks thought to be living in the Brisbane River.