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Posted on Nov 4, 2008 in Top Shots
Which is the World's Top Game Fish?

If you haven't seen the current issue of Sport Fishing magazine, you're missing the results of a pretty extensive survey conducted of 68 experts in sport fishing salt waters -- largely top skippers from around the U.S. and world -- to evaluate performance of 40 popular/highly sought game fish of offshore, nearshore and inshore waters.

I won't attempt to list all the results here, except to let you know the most highly rated species in each of those three categories: offshore - blue marlin, nearshore - dogtooth tuna, and inshore - tarpon.

You can see all the results for yourself either in the magazine or by checking back soon at You're sure to be surprised by some of the results.

If you read the information about how the survey was set up, you'll note that I made a real effort to compare fish of the same size where feasible. In general, it was my intent to compare these fishes' performance pound for pound.

I also asked these experts what they'd like to fish if they could fish for just a single species. I think that's an interesting and challenging question for any enthusiast to ponder. How would you answer it? I'll confess my own preference leans to dolphin (dorado or mahi to those on the Pacific). They have it all for light-tackle fans like me - wild aerial fight; aggressive and willing to hit baits, flies or lures; often travel/feed in schools or groups; gorgeous to look at with brilliant (and ever-changing) colors -- and they're darn tasty. What's not to like?

Now I hope you'll take a bit of time to take the same survey as the experts! I am very curious to compare their opinions with those of SF readers/web site visitors - and to publish those results in the magazine (and on the site) once we accumulate a large enough sample to be meaningful. You voted on Tuesday - now I'm asking you to vote once more. The survey will make you stop and think a bit and offers a fun exercise - let your voice/experience help determine what readers list as the top game fish!
Click here to take the survey.