If you're looking for some drag screaming action on light tackle, look no farther than shallow grass flats. Blacktip sharks are prowling and eager to bite your hook.
Unlike snook and red drum, blacktips aren't bothered by noise. In fact, with their curious nature, noise seems to attract them.
The easiest way to find blacktips is to let them find you, and a chum slick is all it takes. Hang a frozen chum block in the water or cut up small pieces of baitfish and sprinkle around the boat. Either way, it won't take long before a few start swimming through the chum.
Blacktips aren't finicky. They'll gladly eat live shrimp, baitfish, small crabs and cut bait. Because blacktips normally scour the flats just below the surface, it's wise to use a float. This will keep the bait in the strike zone and help you locate it.
Most blacktips found on grass flats are in the 10-pound range. A light- or medium-action 7-foot spinning outfit is all that is needed. Be sure the spinning reel has a smooth drag and is packed with 8- or 10-pound line. Leaders are a must, but wire leaders aren't necessary. Use long shank hooks.
The smaller blacktips are great eating. Removing the viscera and icing immediately after the catch is imperative to meat quality.
Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 510-4376 or by e-mail at captainrickluckydawg.com.