Description: Dark, bluish-gray (young paler) back, with a distinctive whitish stripe on the flank with the inside tip of the pectoral fin is conspicuously black, as are the dorsal (located above the axil of the pectoral fin) and anal fin tips, and lower lobe of caudal in young blacktips. Blacktips also have no middorsal ridge. The teeth are nearly symmetrical and serrated on both the upper and lower jaws. They are swift and energetic known to make spinning leaps out of the water while attacking schools of small fish.
Where found:Blacktip sharks can be found world wide and migrate seasonally. For our purposes of fishing the Blacktip sharks can be found in both inshore and offshore waters, but they tend to stay close to the coasts at depths of 30 m or less of water..
Tips to Catch & Tackle: Sharks as you might expect are voracious eaters, bait should be dependent on the size and type of shark you are looking to catch. Various fish can be used for bait, mullet, lady fish, mackerel for example. Keep in mind that if you are catching one of the larger sharks (6ft +) the mercury levels tend to be higher thus not a good eating fish, larger fish are better to catch, snap a quick picture and release! The bast time to catch shark is sunset and into the evening. Obviously you will need a heavy test somewhere around a 230lbs test for your leader with a forged hook (1070) for blacktip sharks, keeping in mind if you are after a larger shark you will need to change your gear and up the increase the size of your bait.
Size: The maximum reported length of blacktip sharks is 8 1/2 feet; average adult sizes are around roughly 5 feet and weigh in about 40 lbs. The maximum age of blacktips is thought to be at least 12 years.
Season: The species is migratory and has a large range but for our purposes of pier fishing the shark inhabits shallow coastal waters in the spring and summer and offshore surface waters as the water turns colder.