Blacktip shark

The Blacktip Shark or the Carcharhinus limbatus is a family of Carcharhinidae and a species of the requiem shark. It dwells in tropical and subtropical waters of the world. This shark fish can even survive in brackish waters.

This fish is hunted for its meat, skin, fin, liver oil, and many other body parts and therefore has been declared Vulnerable by the IUCN.


As the name suggests, the Blacktip Shark has a snout that is pointed with long gill slits. These shark fish have tips black in color on the dorsal, pectoral, pelvic, and fin.

They can grow up to a length of 1.5 meters and have very sharp jaws. This fish is usually grayish-brown in color with a white-colored belly. The maximum size of this fish ever caught was 2.8 meters with a weight of 123 kilos.

Habitat and Lifestyle

Blacktip Sharks are found all over the world in tropical and subtropical water bodies like the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Madeira, Indian Ocean, etc.

They mostly dwell in water with a depth of 30 meters, but they can even go to 64 meters. These fish primarily feed on reef fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, cephalopods, surgeonfish, mullets, etc.

Though they do not pose a severe threat to humans, Blacktip sharks can even attack humans if necessary!

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

As mentioned, this shark fish is found in tropical and subtropical waters.

You can fish a Blacktip shark on the shore and even catch one if you?re lucky enough! However, the best way would be to take a boat and take your best rod and reel and start trolling the shark fish.

Peak Season

The peak season of Blacktip shark fish is from October to November.

Best Bait

The best baits to catch a Blacktip shark fish are:

  • Shrimp
  • Mackerel
  • Mullet
  • Reef fish
  • Mollusks