Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, July 3, 2018: Blacktip Shark, Catch & Release
Captiva Fishing Report: Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Tuesday, July 3: Redfish, Captain Joe’s Charters; water quality okay in spots near Sanibel & Captiva, but red tide and Caloosahatchee freshwater releases problematic; there is red tide impact right now offshore of Boca Grande Pass – big snook fish kills on Boca Grande beaches; also killing baitfish; having a hard time finding and catching baitfish; a lot of good Snook, (away from Boca Grande), Seatrout, Tarpon, Grouper, Spanish Mackerel fishing currently, but need live baitfish and they are not around in the last couple of days.
Caught a nice Redfish yesterday but, they have been tougher and less prevalent; for more information just use the menu for recent fishing reports, background on any species, and other recent fishing, water quality reports, and information.
Tuesday, July 3, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Blacktip & Lemon Sharks, Catch & Release. Please also visit the Sanibel, Fort Myers, Florida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites. Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.
“The blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) is a species of requiem shark, and part of the family Carcharhinidae. It is common to coastal tropical and subtropical waters around the world, including brackish habitats. Genetic analyses have revealed substantial variation within this species, with populations from the western Atlantic Ocean isolated and distinct from those in the rest of its range.
The blacktip shark has a stout, fusiform body with a pointed snout, long gill slits, and no ridge between the dorsal fins. Most individuals have black tips or edges on the pectoral, dorsal, pelvic, and caudal fins. It usually attains a length of 1.5 m (4.9 ft).
Swift, energetic piscivores, blacktip sharks are known to make spinning leaps out of the water while attacking schools of small fish. Their demeanor has been described as “timid” compared to other large requiem sharks. Both juveniles and adults form groups of varying size. Like other members of its family, the blacktip shark is viviparous; females bear one to 10 pups every other year.
Young blacktip sharks spend the first months of their lives in shallow nurseries, and grown females return to the nurseries where they were born to give birth themselves. In the absence of males, females are also capable of asexual reproduction.
Normally wary of humans, blacktip sharks can become aggressive in the presence of food and have been responsible for a number of attacks on people. This species is of importance to both commercial and recreational fisheries across many parts of its range, with its meat, skin, fins, and liver oil used. It has been assessed as Near Threatened by the IUCN, on the basis of its low reproductive rate and high value to fishers.” Please see more information here.
Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles
“Blacktip Shark: Carcharhinus limbatus
- Back is dark bluish-gray (juveniles paler) fading to a whitish belly
- Anal fin lacks black tip (in adults); dorsal fins, pectoral fins, anal fin and caudal fin lower lobe are black-tipped in juveniles (fades with growth)
- First dorsal fin starts above pectoral fin inner margin
- Long snout that appears nearly V-shaped from below
- No inter-dorsal ridge
Similar Species: Spinner shark, C. brevipinna (first dorsal fin starts behind the pectoral fin; anal fin is black-tipped)
Size: Up to 6.5 feet
Coastal to offshore waters. 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.
One of the most common shark species in Florida coastal waters
State Record: 152 lbs.
Fishing Tips and Facts: Blacktip sharks are sometimes caught by sport fishers off the beach or offshore. They provide a good fight, often leaping out of the water.”
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