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

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 RockfishDoug Olander

Total Average Score – 25.6*

Speed (15) — 4.5

Stamina (15) — 5.0

Dynamics (20) — 5.6

Aerial Acrobatics (20) — 0

Sight Casting (15) — N/A

Size (10) — 3.0

Status (5) — 2.7

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 CodDoug Olander

Total Average Score –27.4

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 FlounderDoug 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 – TautogKen 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 – LingcodDoug 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 GrouperDoug 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 BassDave 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 – WreckfishRachel 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 SharkRich 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 HalibutJim 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 SnapperBob 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 RunnerDoug 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 GrouperDoug 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 SharkDoug 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 GrouperDoug 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 GrouperDoug 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 – DentexRiccardo 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 – WeakfishDave 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 DrumDoug 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 JackDoug 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 BassRich 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 HalibutDoug 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 MackerelDoug 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 GrouperDoug 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 WrasseDoug 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 GrouperDoug 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 BonitoDoug 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 BassJim 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 SeatroutDoug 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 MackerelDoug 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 SharkRachel 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/KobEdward 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 HalibutDoug 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 GarCourtesy 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 SnapperScott 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 BonitoJim 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 SharkMike 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 – SierraDoug 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 AmberjackDoug 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 ThreadfinAlban 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 PompanoDoug 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 SharkDoug 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– SkipjackDoug 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 SnapperDoug 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 TunnyDoug 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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