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The World’s Top 100 Game Fish — 51 to 100

The second 50 of the world’s major saltwater game fish according to top anglers and skippers

April 13, 2015
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Here are the species that make up the second 50 top saltwater game fish in reverse order, with average scores by the experts for each species.

yelloweye rockfish
100 – Yelloweye Rockfish Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 25.6*

Speed (15) — 4.5

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Stamina (15) — 5.0

Dynamics (20) — 5.6

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 0

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Sight Casting (15) — N/A

Size (10) — 3.0

Status (5) — 2.7

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Edibility Bonus (10) — 7.4

*The sum of category scores — which reflect averages from experts’ rankings — may not exactly equal total average scores.

Atlantic cod
99 – Atlantic Cod Doug Olander

Total Average Score –27.4

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Speed (15) — 3.1

Stamina (15) — 4.6

Dynamics (20) — 4.4

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 1.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 0

Size (10) — 4.2

Status (5) –– 2.7

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.6

summer flounder
98 – Summer Flounder (Fluke) Ken Neill

Total Average Score – 27.5

Speed (15) — 3.7

Stamina (15) — 4.7

Dynamics (20) — 5.3

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 1.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 2.6

Size (10) — 2.6

Status (5) –– 2.3

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.6

southern flounder
97 – Southern Flounder Doug Olander

Total Average Score –29.8

Speed (15) — 3.8

Stamina (15) — 4.6

Dynamics (20) — 6.0

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 2.6

Sight Casting (15) –– 3.5

Size (10) — 3.0

Status (5) –– 2.5

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.7

tautog
96 – Tautog Ken Neill

Total Average Score –31.5

Speed (15) — 4.3

Stamina (15) — 8.1

Dynamics (20) — 7.9

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 1.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 3.0

Size (10) — 3.0

Status (5) –– 2.5

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.2

lingcod
95 – Lingcod Doug Olander

Total Average Score –33.4

Speed (15) — 5.0

Stamina (15) — 6.5

Dynamics (20) — 7.6

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 0

Sight Casting (15) –– 3.8

Size (10) — 4.6

Status (5) –– 2.7

Edibility Bonus (10) — 7.7

red grouper
94 – Red Grouper Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 34.0

Speed (15) — 5.81

Stamina (15) — 7.1

Dynamics (20) — 2.0

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 2.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 2.0

Size (10) — 3.6

Status (5) –– 2.5

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.0

European bass
93 – European Bass Dave Lewis

Total Average Score – 36.2

Speed (15) — 5.2

Stamina (15) — 4.8

Dynamics (20) — 6.7

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 7.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 8.0

Size (10) — 2.8

Status (5) –– 3.8

Edibility Bonus (10) — 9.0

wreckfish
92 – Wreckfish Rachel Olander

Total Average Score – 36.2

Speed (15) — 8.8

Stamina (15) — 6.8

Dynamics (20) — 6.8

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 3.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 10.0

Size (10) — 5.9

Status (5) –– 3.0

Edibility Bonus (10) — 6.2

blue shark
91 – Blue Shark Rich Herrmann

Total Average Score – 36.5

Speed (15) — 6.4

Stamina (15) — 6.7

Dynamics (20) — 7.0

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 3.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 9.1

Size (10) — 5.7

Status (5) –– 1.9

Edibility Bonus (10) — 2.0

squirelfish
91 – Squirelfish (Australasian Snapper) Al McGlashan / almcglashan.com

Total Average Score — 37.3

Speed (15) — 5.7

Stamina (15) — 7.7

Dynamics (20) — 8.7

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 4.5

Sight Casting (15) –– 4.7

Size (10) — 3.4

Status (5) –– 3.6

Edibility Bonus (10) — 6.5

California halibut
89 – California Halibut Jim Hendricks

Total Average Score – 38.1

Speed (15) — 6.4

Stamina (15) — 7.1

Dynamics (20) — 8.4

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 4.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 3.8

Size (10) — 4.7

Status (5) –– 3.0

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.8

yellowtail snapper
88 – Yellowtail Snapper Bob Bagby

Total Average Score – 38.4

Speed (15) — 7.4

Stamina (15) — 6.7

Dynamics (20) — 7.8

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 4.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 4.9

Size (10) — 2.2

Status (5) –– 2.6

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.7

rainbow runner
87 – Rainbow Runner Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 38.5

Speed (15) — 8.5

Stamina (15) — 8.3

Dynamics (20) — 8.5

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 5.7

Sight Casting (15) –– 5.9

Size (10) — 2.8

Status (5) –– 1.9

Edibility Bonus (10) — 4.2

broomtail grouper
86 – Broomtail Grouper Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 38.5

Speed (15) — 6.6

Stamina (15) — 8.9

Dynamics (20) — 8.1

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 0

Sight Casting (15) –– 0

Size (10) — 5.9

Status (5) –– 3.3

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.9

bonnethead shark
85 – Bonnethead Shark Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 38.5

Speed (15) — 8.1

Stamina (15) — 7.0

Dynamics (20) — 7.4

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 3.4

Sight Casting (15) –– 10.3

Size (10) — 2.9

Status (5) –– 2.1

Edibility Bonus (10) — 2.5

grey grouper
84 – Grey Grouper Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 38.9

Speed (15) — 7.0

Stamina (15) — 7.5

Dynamics (20) — 8.9

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 3.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 4.8

Size (10) — 2.8

Status (5) –– 2.2

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.0

goliath grouper
83 – Goliath Grouper Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 39.2

Speed (15) — 6.3

Stamina (15) — 10.5

Dynamics (20) — 8.6

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 1.5

Sight Casting (15) –– 3.9

Size (10) — 8.7

Status (5) –– 3.0

Edibility Bonus (10) — 6.4

coral grouper
82 – Coral Grouper (Coral Trout) Patrick Sebile

Total Average Score – 39.2

Speed (15) — 5.8

Stamina (15) — 6.7

Dynamics (20) — 8.1

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 4.3

Sight Casting (15) –– 6.2

Size (10) — 3.8

Status (5) –– 3.4

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.3

Dentex
81 – Dentex Riccardo Tamburini

Total Average Score – 39.3

Speed (15) — 6.0

Stamina (15) — 7.6

Dynamics (20) — 9.5

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 0

Sight Casting (15) –– 2.0

Size (10) — 4.0

Status (5) –– 3.3

Edibility Bonus (10) — 9.25

weakfish
80 – Weakfish Dave Skok

Total Average Score – 39.3

Speed (15) — 6.4

Stamina (15) — 5.7

Dynamics (20) — 7.6

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 5.3

Sight Casting (15) –– 6.4

Size (10) — 2.9

Status (5) –– 2.8

Edibility Bonus (10) — 6.1

black drum
79 – Black Drum Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 39.9

Speed (15) — 4.8

Stamina (15) — 8.3

Dynamics (20) — 7.4

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 2.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 9.5

Size (10) — 6.4

Status (5) –– 2.0

Edibility Bonus (10) — 4.0

Almaco Jack
78 – Almaco Jack Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 40.7

Speed (15) — 8.8

Stamina (15) — 10.1

Dynamics (20) — 9.1

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 2.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 4.4

Size (10) — 4.9

Status (5) –– 2.1

Edibility Bonus (10) — 5.0

giant sea bass
77 – Giant Sea Bass Rich Hermann

Total Average Score – 41.8

Speed (15) — 7.6

Stamina (15) — 12.4

Dynamics (20) — 6.4

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 0

Sight Casting (15) –– 2.0

Size (10) — 8.6

Status (5) –– 3.2

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.0

Atlantic halibut
76 – Atlantic Halibut Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 42.1

Speed (15) — 7.5

Stamina (15) — 10.2

Dynamics (20) — 9.7

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 0

Sight Casting (15) –– 0

Size (10) — 7.8

Status (5) –– 3.3

Edibility Bonus (10) — 9.1

spanish mackerel
75 – Spanish Mackerel Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 42.3

Speed (15) — 10.1

Stamina (15) — 6.7

Dynamics (20) — 8.7

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 5.3

Sight Casting (15) –– 5.5

Size (10) — 3.2

Status (5) –– 2.1

Edibility Bonus (10) — 5.4

gag grouper
74 – Gag Grouper Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 42.4

Speed (15) — 4.4

Stamina (15) — 9.2

Dynamics (20) — 8.9

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 2.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 3.4

Size (10) — 5.2

Status (5) –– 2.8

Edibility Bonus (10) — 9.0

Maori Wrasse
73 – Maori Wrasse Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 42.8

Speed (15) — 5.8

Stamina (15) — 8.6

Dynamics (20) — 9.1

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 6.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 6.1

Size (10) — 6.9

Status (5) –– 4.1

Edibility Bonus (10) — 5.0

two-spot red snapper (red bass)
72 – Two-Spot Red Snapper ( Red Bass) Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 42.8

Speed (15) — 8.6

Stamina (15) — 8.9

Dynamics (20) — 11.0

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 2.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 7.3

Size (10) — 3.2

Status (5) –– 2.7

Edibility Bonus (10) — 4.8

black grouper
71 – Black Grouper Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 42.9

Speed (15) — 7.2

Stamina (15) — 9.5

Dynamics (20) — 9.5

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 2.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 7.8

Size (10) — 5.7

Status (5) –– 2.8

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.6

Atlantic bonito
70 – Atlantic Bonito Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 42.9

Speed (15) — 11.1

Stamina (15) — 9.9

Dynamics (20) — 9.4

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 2.7

Sight Casting (15) –– 7.5

Size (10) — 3.1

Status (5) ––3.1

Edibility Bonus (10) — 2.5

kelp bass
69 – Kelp Bass Jim Hendricks

Total Average Score – 43.1

Speed (15) — 6.2

Stamina (15) — 7.0

Dynamics (20) — 10.8

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 5.3

Sight Casting (15) –– 6.7

Size (10) — 3.1

Status (5) –– 3.2

Edibility Bonus (10) — 6.1

spotted seatrout
68 – Spotted Seatrout Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 43.4

Speed (15) — 5.8

Stamina (15) — 5.4

Dynamics (20) — 7.6

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 7.1

Sight Casting (15) –– 8.7

Size (10) — 3.3

Status (5) –– 3.1

Edibility Bonus (10) — 6.5

cero mackerel
67 – Cero Mackerel Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 43.5

Speed (15) — 10.7

Stamina (15) — 7.2

Dynamics (20) — 9.5

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 5.4

Sight Casting (15) –– 5.8

Size (10) — 3.1

Status (5) ––2.1

Edibility Bonus (10) — 5.7

lemon shark
66 – Lemon Shark Rachel Olander

Total Average Score – 43.6

Speed (15) — 8.1

Stamina (15) — 8.3

Dynamics (20) — 8.8

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 4.3

Sight Casting (15) –– 10.1

Size (10) — 6.0

Status (5) –– 2.7

Edibility Bonus (10) — 1.2

Meagre/Kob
65 – Meagre/Kob Edward Truter

Total Average Score – 44.0

Speed (15) — 6.8

Stamina (15) — 8.6

Dynamics (20) — 8.8

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 3.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 2.7

Size (10) — 6.6

Status (5) –– 3.6

Edibility Bonus (10) — 3.6

Pacific halibut
64 – Pacific Halibut Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 44.3

Speed (15) — 6.4

Stamina (15) — 10.9

Dynamics (20) — 9.8

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 2.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 2.0

Size (10) — 8.5

Status (5) –– 3.5

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.9

mulloway/jewfish
63 – Mulloway/jewfish (Sciaenidae) Ben Secrest

Total Average Score – 44.3

Speed (15) — 6.3

Stamina (15) — 8.0

Dynamics (20) — 9.0

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 3.7

Sight Casting (15) –– 3.5

Size (10) — 6.3

Status (5) –– 3.8

Edibility Bonus (10) — 6.7

alligator gar
62 – Alligator Gar Courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife

Total Average Score – 44.6

Speed (15) — 6.4

Stamina (15) — 7.1

Dynamics (20) — 8.4

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 7.3

Sight Casting (15) –– 8.3

Size (10) — 6.1

Status (5) ––2.0

Edibility Bonus (10) — 1.9

red snapper
61 – Red Snapper Scott Salyers

Total Average Score – 44.6

Speed (15) — 67.5

Stamina (15) — 9.0

Dynamics (20) — 9.4

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 2.5

Sight Casting (15) –– 5.1

Size (10) — 5.6

Status (5) –– 4.6

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.6

Pacific bonito
60 – Pacific Bonito Jim Hendricks

Total Average Score – 44.8

Speed (15) — 11.0

Stamina (15) — 10.1

Dynamics (20) — 9.5

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 3.1

Sight Casting (15) –– 6.9

Size (10) — 3.0

Status (5) ––1.9

Edibility Bonus (10) — 3.4

Tiger shark
59 – Tiger Shark Mike Mazur

Total Average Score – 45.3

Speed (15) — 6.4

Stamina (15) — 11.0

Dynamics (20) — 9.8

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 3.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 6.9

Size (10) — 9.5

Status (5) –– 3.5

Edibility Bonus (10) — 2.7

sierra
59 – Sierra Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 46.0

Speed (15) — 10.7

Stamina (15) — 7.5

Dynamics (20) — 9.8

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 4.5

Sight Casting (15) –– 5.1

Size (10) — 3.6

Status (5) –– 2.4

Edibility Bonus (10) — 5.8

greater amberjack
57 – Greater Amberjack Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 46.7

Speed (15) — 8.9

Stamina (15) — 12.7

Dynamics (20) — 10.1

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 3.3

Sight Casting (15) –– 5.5

Size (10) — 6.5

Status (5) –– 2.4

Edibility Bonus (10) — 4.3

African threadfin
56 – African Threadfin Alban Regnoult

Speed (15) — 9.4

Stamina (15) — 10.5

Dynamics (20) — 11.4

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 6.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 3.0

Size (10) — 3.5

Status (5) –– 6.3

Edibility Bonus (10) — 46.9

African pompano
55 African Pompano Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 47.6

Speed (15) — 10.0

Stamina (15) — 11.0

Dynamics (20) — 11.2

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 3.0

Sight Casting (15) –– 5.5

Size (10) — 4.9

Status (5) –– 3.0

Edibility Bonus (10) — 6.0

bull shark
54– Bull Shark Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 47.6

Speed (15) — 8.7

Stamina (15) — 11.3

Dynamics (20) — 10.6

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 4.8

Sight Casting (15) –– 6.9

Size (10) — 7.2

Status (5) –– 3.1

Edibility Bonus (10) —1.0

skipjack
53– Skipjack Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 47.9

Speed (15) — 11.9

Stamina (15) — 11.1

Dynamics (20) — 10.4

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 3.9

Sight Casting (15) –– 7.7

Size (10) — 3.1

Status (5) –– 1.9

Edibility Bonus (10) — 4.4

mutton snapper
52 – Mutton Snapper Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 48.0

Speed (15) — 8.3

Stamina (15) — 9.5

Dynamics (20) — 10.0

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 6.5

Sight Casting (15) –– 6.4

Size (10) — 4.0

Status (5) –– 3.1

Edibility Bonus (10) — 8.2

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51 – Little Tunny Doug Olander

Total Average Score – 48.55

Speed (15) — 12.21

Stamina (15) — 11.74

Dynamics (20) — 10.05

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 3.45

Size (10) — 3.24

Edibility Bonus (10) — 3.5

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