The Blacktip Challenge is a land-based, tag, catch, photo and release (CPR), shark fishing tournament. This east coast Florida-based event was debuted in 2008 by tournament director Josh Jorgensen. Seven years ago when the inaugural tournament was held, the 14 competitors fished for a total of 3 months releasing 156 sharks. Today the tournament is three days, beginning on January 28th at 12:00 a.m. and ending on January 30th at 11:59 p.m.
The Blacktip Challenge is capped at three hundred anglers this year, including a team traveling all the way from South Africa. In the previous years teams have traveled all the way from Germany and Switzerland to participate.
There have been no records kept on how many sharks have been released over the seven years, although Josh claims “probably 500+”. There have also been multiple situations where feedback from a shark tagged in this tournament has been received and used to help further understanding of various species of sharks.
This is a very unique tournament with its very own twist. I’ve asked Peter Barrett of Barrett Rods to bring us along for a day in the life of a land-based shark fisherman. Peter resides in South Florida and has competed in multiple tournaments across the state.
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