Blacktip Challenge 2014

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Blacktip Challenge 2014 2It’s no doubt that we think the Blacktip Challenge is completely cool. Not on only for the participants going toe-to-toe with big sharks from the beach, but for bringing anglers together to contribute substantial amounts of information for ongoing research. 2014 included an amazing three days. A record-breaking hammerhead shark was caught by Peter Buban. The first European teams to participate in the tournament came from Germany and Switzerland. Teams were composed of anglers from all over the United States, including: Florida, Georgia, Texas, Maryland, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, New Jersey and Minnesota. More than 60 sharks were caught in 72 hours, including eight different species. Check out all the winners and explore this worthwhile event on the Blacktip Challenge website. 

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It was an amazing three days! A record breaking hammerhead shark was caught by Peter Buban. The first European teams to participate in the tournament came from Germany and Switzerland. Teams were composed of anglers from all over the United States, including: Florida, Georgia, Texas, Maryland, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, New Jersey and Minnesota. More than 60 sharks were caught in 72 hours, including eight different species. For the first time in Blacktip Challenge history, a dusky shark was caught and released. This remarkable catch was accomplished by junior angler Cameron McCllelan. Researchers from Nova Southeastern University and St. Marys Medical Center took oral swabs from sharks caught in the tournament to collect bacteria samples. Their objective is to improve the antibiotic treatment of shark attack victims. Researchers from Florida International University took blood samples from sharks caught in the tournament to study the stress involved with catch and release fishing. Below are the winners of the 2014 Blacktip Challenge. All measurements are in inches.

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