Spinner Shark

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Spinner Shark


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Because of the black-tipped fins, many anglers think the Spinner and the Blacktip are one and the same.The Spinner is more slender in shape and has a longer snout.The dorsal fin begins at a point just aft of the pectoral fin.

SIZE: Common from 10-50 pounds; sometimes exceeds 100 pounds. World record 197 pounds, 12 ounces; Florida record 190 pounds.

FOOD VALUE: Very good.

GAME QUALITIES: Good fighter on light tackle; often gets off the high, spinning jumps that give it its name.

TACKLE AND BAITS: Medium to heavy spinning tackle and light ocean gear. Live Pilchards and similar baitfish are good choices. Fresh cut baits work pretty well.

FISHING SYSTEMS: Casting; Drifting; Still Fishing.


Large Blacktip

RANGE: All Florida coasts, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.

HABITAT: The open sea; sometimes enters large inlets, particu- larly on the Florida East Coast.