Blacktip Shark

Blacktip Shark

Appearance:

  • Dark, bluish-gray (young paler) back, with a distinctive whitish stripe on the flank
  • The inside tip of the pectoral fin is conspicuously black, as are the dorsal and anal fin tips, and lower lobe of caudal in young blacktips
  • First dorsal fin begins above the axil of pectoral fin
  • No middorsal ridge
  • Upper and lower teeth are serrated and nearly symmetrical

Habitat:

Blacktips often come inshore in large schools, particularly in association with Spanish mackerel. Frequently the most common shark in clear-water cuts and along beaches in Florida and Bahamas.

State Record:

152 lbs. (blacktip).

Fishing Tips and Facts:

We catch blacktips off the beach and offshore. They're great fighters, often leap out of the water.