Are Black-Tip Sharks very big?

Are Black-Tip Sharks very big?

The blacktip shark is a very common shark in the shores of Florida on both the gulf and Atlantic side. They can grow as large as six or seven feet and on occasion have been known to cause damage to humans. The blacktip shark is very similar in appearance to the less common spinner shark, which grows a bit larger. Many large blacktip sharks are incorrectly identified and are really spinner sharks. From a fisherman%u2019s standpoint the majority of blacktip sharks you will encounter will be in the two to four foot length class. They are a very common fish and will willingly attack almost any offering put before them. Live bait in the form of a pinfish, grunt or other small baitfish is your best bet. If live bait is not available frozen fish, even cut strips of fish will work well also. Chumming is a technique that really works well in bringing large amounts of sharks to a given area, especially blacktips. You can buy chum bags at most bait shops along the coast. The key is to select a chum that will slowly disperse into the water and be moved by the current. It is important that you keep the chum in the water to keep the chum slick uninterrupted. If there are sharks within a mile or more of your location you will within a half hour to an hour know all about it. At the right time action can be quite intense, you will often see one or more sharks follow a shark to the shore that you have hooked. These fish can be quite bold, often attacking your chum bag hanging from the boat or structure you are fishing from.

Daniel Eggertsen
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