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What are the best blacktip shark fishing charters?

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What types of blacktip shark fishing charters are common?

Inshore fishing is the most popular for blacktip shark as well as nearshore fishing, deep sea fishing, and flats fishing.

The most common fishing techniques are light tackle fishing, bottom fishing, and heavy tackle fishing but trolling and live bait fishing are popular as well.

How much do blacktip shark fishing charters cost?

for blacktip shark prices can range anywhere from $175 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day for blacktip shark is $764. The average price for a full day for blacktip shark is $1,350.

When is the best month to go blacktip shark fishing?

The most popular season for blacktip shark fishing is summer, and most anglers book their trips 14 days in advance.

Do I need a fishing license for blacktip shark and what are the bag limits for blacktip shark?

See here for more information on blacktip shark fishing licenses, blacktip shark bag limits, and fishing season regulations for blacktip shark. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right blacktip shark rules and regulations.

What is a Blacktip Shark?

The blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) are a type of requiem shark, which means they are migratory and live-bearing. They are known to have a very timid personality, but are also very swift and energetic swimmers, often making leaps out of the water to attack their prey with their jaws full of 15 rows of serrated teeth.

They have a stout body, pointed snout, small eyes and long gill slits. Their name comes from the black tips on their fins, but they are otherwise gray to brown on top, and white on their bellies with a white stripe along their side. They also have a very strong sense of smell.

How big do Blacktip Shark get?

The average blacktip shark will grow to about five feet. This makes them a pretty moderately sized shark, but don’t let this fool you, they are well known for shark attacks. Although not lethal attacks, they are known to get aggressive around a potential food source, causing injury.

What's the biggest Blacktip Shark ever caught?

The largest blacktip shark ever caught was a female weighing in at 270 pounds and 9 ounces, and 6.8 feet long. After a hard-fight it was put in the boat by Jurgen Oeder in September 1984, out of the waters of Malindi Bay, Kenya, Africa.

Where is the best place to catch Blacktip Shark?

Blacktip sharks can be found in tropical and subtropical waters in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. The Atlantic has especially high numbers in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and the Gulf of Mexico, near Texas and Florida depending on their seasonal migration.

When within these areas, you can typically find blacktips in water less than 100 feet deep, nearshore. They prefer muddy bays, island lagoons, and drop-offs near coral reefs. They can also be found in brackish waters like estuaries and mangrove swamps.

When should I catch Blacktip Shark?

Due to their seasonal migration, the best time to catch them will depend on the location and season. During the summer, they can be found north towards North Carolina and Massachusetts, travelling back towards Florida in the winter months. In the Gulf of Mexico, they can found year round, but are known to be best to catch in March.

How do you catch Blacktip Shark?

Blacktip sharks are not very picky when it comes to bait. They are of course attracted to chumming, but will also go after most live and dead bait, lures, and flies. Due to their ferocious fight, a braided line is highly recommended, as well as a wire leader to avoid breakage.

The most highly recommended procedure after setting your lines is to chum the area with a paste made of mackerel and herring, or to use live sardines. The smellier the better, thanks to their high sense of smell, they will be on the way!

Are Blacktip Shark good to eat? What are the best Blacktip Shark recipes?

Many do enjoy blacktip shark, as it is much more tender than most other shark, but it is recommended to be bled and iced immediately upon capture for the best taste. It is also known to spoil quickly, so be sure to eat it the same day if possible.

To cook, salt and pepper it, and then sautee for a few minutes on each side. Taste it, and judge the fat content. If it is lean, cook it less to avoid drying out, then add a squeeze of lemon and brown butter. If more fat, increase the heat to blacken and then grill it.

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