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My First Blacktip!

greyreefsharkgreyreefshark Posts: 550 Officer
edited February 2020 in General Fishing #1
I wanted to put a special thanks out to Zach Miller of Throwdown Fishing Charters who put me on this lifetime dream of catching a Blacktip shark from shore. Just a terrific guy who knows his fishing, and I had a blast fishing with him. Thank you tremendously Zach! 
No way can I explain what it’s like trying reel in one of these guys from the beach. Spectacular is the only word I can think of. I’ll never forget it!


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  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet TallahasseePosts: 5,807 Admiral
    edited February 2020 #2
    Congratulations grs, That’s a nice fish. Good for you. What kind of tackle did you use?
    You should have been here yesterday
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,550 Admiral
    I struggle telling the difference between a spinner and blacktip.  
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  • MulletMaster239MulletMaster239 Southwest FloridaPosts: 873 Officer
    Nice shore catch man, congrats on your goal.

    The difference is that a spinner shark has a black tip on the anal fin while a blacktip does not. The dorsal fin of a spinner shark is placed further back from the head.  A blacktip also usually has a stockier build. 
  • rcjoutdoorsrcjoutdoors SunrisePosts: 29 Deckhand
    Great catch, congrats man!

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  • AnEnglishFishermanAnEnglishFisherman EnglandPosts: 150 Deckhand
    Nice catch, I’ve yet to catch one that big from a boat! 
  • Congrats.
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  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,550 Admiral
    Nice shore catch man, congrats on your goal.

    The difference is that a spinner shark has a black tip on the anal fin while a blacktip does not. The dorsal fin of a spinner shark is placed further back from the head.  A blacktip also usually has a stockier build. 
    Yeah, good tips.  Still a tough fish (for me) to differentiate.  The easiest tell is probably the anal fin.
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • tankeredtankered Gainesvill, FlPosts: 1,038 Officer

    Sharks can be tough to ID, so many species look very similar.

    Nice catch from the beach.

  • brianbbrianb Posts: 2,447 Captain
    kellercl said:
    I struggle telling the difference between a spinner and blacktip.  
    Blacktips have NO black on anal fin, spinners have blacktip on anal fin. 
  • tankeredtankered Gainesvill, FlPosts: 1,038 Officer
    brianb said:
    kellercl said:
    I struggle telling the difference between a spinner and blacktip.  
    Blacktips have NO black on anal fin, spinners have blacktip on anal fin. 

    Makes perfect sense.
  • greyreefsharkgreyreefshark Posts: 550 Officer
    edited February 2020 #12
    Sorry, for getting back a few days late to respond. And thank you guys very much! 

    It’s been years that I’ve been hoping to get one, and sorta half assin on my own to do so. Finally hired a guide during the migration and so happy I did. It was an amazing fight, and like I said, one I won’t forget. 

    Actually had 7 sharks on but only landed 2. One was the arch nemesis nurse shark. Argghhh lol 

    Cant believe we got them so close to shore. That’s why I don’t swim in the ocean too much. And not out far when I do.

    Just used the guide’s surf rods and big spinning reels. And cut fish for bait.
  • BarrellBarrell Posts: 1,293 Officer
    The guys around here use  a kayak to get the bait out hundreds of yards.
  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet TallahasseePosts: 5,807 Admiral
    Barrell said:
    The guys around here use  a kayak to get the bait out hundreds of yards.
    That changes the regs last year. Kayaking a bait out is no longer legal for most ( if not all the state) .. check your regs
    You should have been here yesterday
  • BarrellBarrell Posts: 1,293 Officer
    I know they outlawed chumming. How could they outlaw kayaking?
  • LostconchLostconch Posts: 988 Officer
    The tourist lobby is stronger than the shark fishing lobby is how. Don't like it a bit. 
  • LostconchLostconch Posts: 988 Officer
    The tourist lobby is stronger than the shark fishing lobby is how. Don't like it a bit. 
  • LostconchLostconch Posts: 988 Officer
    Sorry phone loaded it twice
  • LostconchLostconch Posts: 988 Officer
    The reason I don't like it is when do the tourism folks decide they don't like any beach fishing.
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,550 Admiral
    Kayaking isn't restricted, shark fishing in populated swimming areas however is restricted.
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

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  • greyreefsharkgreyreefshark Posts: 550 Officer
    People don’t get the Sharks are already there. We’re not bringing them in. 

    Especially during the migration, the sharks are already up to shore.

    I get not chumming though. That’s not very good for the swimmers.
  • MulletMaster239MulletMaster239 Southwest FloridaPosts: 873 Officer
    Tourists view the ocean as their own personal swimming pool, and are totally ignorant of the food chain that exists just off the bank. It isn’t the fishermen bringing the sharks to the beach, it’s the other way around. If they can’t understand that, and since fishermen are required to take an ‘educational’ course just to target a darn fish, maybe tourists and other beach goers should have to take a course on exactly what goes on pretty much year round just off the shoreline. They should also be encouraged to avoid areas where people are already set up fishing..but that’s common sense yet sense ain’t common these days. One group shouldn’t be favored over the other..same standards should apply to both parties.

    It is just getting really sickening how this state, particularly the coastal areas, caters to people who aren’t even residents here over people who live and work here. I don’t even fish for sharks. But there are some people who do..and if tourists and other beach goers don’t like that then the best advice for them is if you don’t like what you see, go somewhere else where you don’t have to see it. Go in the swimming pool rather play in the bait balls along the shore. 
  • greyreefsharkgreyreefshark Posts: 550 Officer
    No one could have said that better man!
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,550 Admiral
    edited March 2020 #24
    Yes, Florida as a state should stick it to tourist.  They are only one of the largest sources of revenue and support a myriad of small business.  Do people ever think past there small little world?  
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • greyreefsharkgreyreefshark Posts: 550 Officer
    edited March 2020 #25
    BThere’s just gotta be a balance. Crud, if money is the MOST IMPORTANT thing, then you might as well let them build high rises all throughout the Everglades, and right smack dab in the middle of that stick a big oil drill. 

    Not saying the tourist isn’t important. Of course they are. As much as anyone else. But fisherman and the environment are just as important. Both have the same rights. Also, Fishing provides a butt load of tourism too.
  • MulletMaster239MulletMaster239 Southwest FloridaPosts: 873 Officer
    kellercl said:
    Yes, Florida as a state should stick it to tourist.  They are only one of the largest sources of revenue and support a myriad of small business.  Do people ever think past there small little world?  
    Yes I often wonder that myself, do people ever think past *their* small little world and maybe not go out of their way hundreds of yards down a beach to swim right into a bunch of people’s fishing lines, or maybe it isn’t a good idea to spearfish snook around a jetty with 10 people with fishing lines out, bring glass alcohol containers onto the sand, crap their dogs on the shore and leave it, speed boats through manatee zones and the countless other antics I see in abundance every tourist season.

    Some things should be more important than lining pockets, such as freedom. And as each year goes by there is less and less of it in this state. If they’re going to big brother the fishermen, they should big brother the other beach goers. I see a lot more unsavory behavior from them than I do the beach fishermen that is for sure.
  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet TallahasseePosts: 5,807 Admiral
    BThere’s just gotta be a balance. Crud, if money is the MOST IMPORTANT thing, then you might as well let them build high rises all throughout the Everglades, and right smack dab in the middle of that stick a big oil drill. 

    Not saying the tourist isn’t important. Of course they are. As much as anyone else. But fisherman and the environment are just as important. Both have the same rights. Also, Fishing provides a butt load of tourism too.
    Brother, that is exactly what’s happening to Florida. The only reason the forgotten coast isn’t covered in hi rises like the panhandle and south Florida is because we don’t have pristine white sand beaches.... and bye the way. Aren’t you a tourists GRS? 
    You should have been here yesterday
  • LostconchLostconch Posts: 988 Officer
    kellercl said:
    Yes, Florida as a state should stick it to tourist.  They are only one of the largest sources of revenue and support a myriad of small business.  Do people ever think past there small little world?  
    No but they shouldn't stick.it to those of us that live here to appease the tourism industry. 
  • cortrcortr Posts: 406 Deckhand
    Well said MulletMaster
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,550 Admiral
    edited March 2020 #31
    Lostconch said:
    kellercl said:
    Yes, Florida as a state should stick it to tourist.  They are only one of the largest sources of revenue and support a myriad of small business.  Do people ever think past there small little world?  
    No but they shouldn't stick.it to those of us that live here to appease the tourism industry. 
    I wasn't suggesting fisherman should get treated poorly.  I was pointing out fisherman expecting 1:1 equal treatment are being foolish.  Regardless if it should be that way, it won't be.  Swimmers out number fisherman 10:1?  100:1?  Equal representation isn't going to happen.  Frankly the issue seems simple to me.  Designated fishing zones....  no swimming.  Designated swimming areas, no fishing. 

    I don't beach fish nor beach swim.  So frankly I don't have a dog in this fight.  I also don't shark fish, so again I don't have much passion on the subject.  All I was saying is fisherman taking swimmers head on will lose and lose quickly.  
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
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