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Fishing For Blacktip Sharks (Basics)

Author: Bullbuster Team

Fishing For Blacktip Sharks 

#Bullbusterambassador JD Fagan of Team Ninja Sharkers poses with blacktip that he caught on conventional gear. 

General Description:

Blacktip sharks are one of the most common land-based shark fishing catches.  They do not grow as big as many of the other sharks, however they can be great fun on medium to light tackle. Blacktip’s have become famous for their annual migration off the coast of singer island, but they can be found throughout the gulf coast and most of the east coast of the United States. 

Below is a video of posted by Youtube personallity Josh Jorgensen  of Blacktiph catching blacktips from the beach offshore Sebastien Inlet.  Josh introduced the Blacktip as a gamefish to the world through his pioneering youtube channel. 

Identifying Factor:

The black “tip” on the tip of the dorsal fin, pectoral fins and others. 

The black at the end of the tip of each fin are a sign you have caught a blacktip.

Max Size:

6+ Feet:

Tackle Required:

When targeting blacktip sharks from land, we recommend using a conventional reel with at least 50Lb monofilament, or a spinning reel with 40-65Lb braided fishing line


6/0-10/0 circle hooks (See Choosing Shark Hooks

Shark Rig Materials:

3-4 feet of 19 wire with 10-12 feet of 400-500Lb grander leader material

Fight Style:

Blacktip sharks have an impressive take, they usually make an extremely fast initial run.  They are known to take long fast runs and often make some jumps while they are at it.  

Important Tips For Release:

Small blacktips may be taken for table fare (however we recommend releasing them).   Blacktips tend to bang themselves on the sand a lot due to their unbridled energy.  When catching and releasing blacktips do not be hesitant to gain control of the fish as soon as you can, the faster the release the better the sharks chance of survival. (Find Out How To Prevent Shark Fatalities)

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