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Here is one attribute that we had to drop from the original survey:
And Then There's Sight-Casting
Our game-fish-rating index considers fishes' performance once hooked. As a number of participants pointed out, there's another attribute that merits consideration: the strike. That pertains in particular to species targeted by sight fishermen - such as tarpon. Florida long-rodder Mark Hatter says watching a tarpon move in on a fly, then "committing to eat with that bucket-size mouth is something I never get tired of!"
Fly-fishers like Hatter and Twig Tolle, in Miami, are particularly attuned to such fisheries. Tolle says another category could be added, one that assesses how great a challenge a species presents in getting a fly or lure in front of it and getting it to eat, though of course that's one attribute that wouldn't apply across the board to all game fish. Billfish would also gain bonus points if seeing your quarry before it's hooked were counted. "There's nothing like seeing a big blue lit up in your spread!" enthuses Jon Meade, a top North Carolina mate and SF contributor.