Jennifer landed this 120-pound yellowfin tuna off Panama in May 2014. She caught the tuna on a Black Hole Cape Cod special 250g jigging rod and Avet MXL Raptor reel with 65-pound Fins braid. Panama yellowfins can amass so thick around bait schools that it’s possible to motor right into the school and watch tunas fly through the air next to the boat. WIN $200 IN CLOTHING AND LURES! We know you’re out there, and we want to put your photo in our next informative girls-only galleries. You could be the winner, picked at random, of $100 worth of clothing from Salt Life and an assortment of Yo-Zuri lures valued at $100. That’s $200 worth of swag just for sending us fun fishing shots! Remember, you have a 1-in-20 or 30 (depending upon size of gallery) chance of being the winner — pretty good odds! Send your photos to [email protected].
Kelly, of Caloundra, Queensland, Australia, caught this cod while offshore fishing. Cod look and fight like many American grouper species. Australia has more than 50 groupers, cods, rockcods and coral trout species, many of them available to anglers via hook-and-line fishing.
Species: Little Tunny
Cynthia landed this nice little tunny on a recent trip. The little tunny is often confused with similar species, mostly because it has different nicknames in different regions and looks like other tunalike fish. Find out the difference between a tuna and a bonito.
Katie landed her first puppy drum, a 24-inch, 4-pound redfish, using a Berkley Gulp! mullet and lead-head combo. Katie landed the fish near the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As a state, North Carolina is one of the few places that still allows inshore gill netting, a destructive practice that most recreational anglers would agree is outdated and detrimental to fish populations. Read about the official North Carolina gill net regulations at the state’s website.
Annie, fishing off Ft. Lauderdale, landed this pair of hand-size tilefish. Golden, blueline and blackline tilefish are available to Atlantic Coast anglers, with golden tiles reaching heavy weights. Tilefish live mainly in burrows they construct in the silty clay surface of the continental slope.
Species: Spotted Seatrout
Kimberly landed this 29-inch spotted seatrout from Pensacola Beach, Florida — a true “gator trout” for the Gulf of Mexico. Because big Gulf trout are much less common than “school-size” fish, the state of Florida allows anglers in the northwest part of the state a limit of five fish, measuring 15 to 20 inches, with just one fish above the 20-inch length.
Species: Yellowfin Tuna
Lady angler Star really put the hammer down on this 110-pound yellowfin tuna, caught while fishing off the Hannibal Bank in Panama. Yellowfin tuna grow to more than 400 pounds, though most anglers agree that any yellowfin weighing more than 50 pounds can test your back, wrists and fingers. The world record sits at 427 pounds.
Brianya caught this oversized 44-inch bull redfish on a recent sunset fishing trip. Since 1992, Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists have caught nearly 400 adult red drum on longlines to use as broodstock for the state’s saltwater hatchery.
Why can’t all dolphin be this big? Lesley caught her first mahi, a 32-pound bull, off Islamorada, Florida Keys. This fish was likely two or three years old, past middle-age for a dolphin’s expected lifetime.
Cassandra shows of this 32-pound kingfish she caught off Boynton Beach, Florida, just south of the inlet at an area called the Martini Glass. Prevalent just about every month of the year, king mackerel are voracious biters and fighters that hang in 20 to 200 feet of water off much of Florida’s coastline.
Accomplished angler Sheree regularly fishes off the coast of Coral Bay, Western Australia, with her husband. With species such as marlin, kingfish, sailfish, trevally and grouper to her name, Sheree added cobia to her list of caught species. Cobia are actually available worldwide in tropical and subtropical waters, only absent in the eastern Pacific and Pacific Plate, according to Fishbase.org.
Species: Striped Bass
Florida native and avid angler Asia went north to land this striped bass. Most Florida anglers don’t have access to striped bass fisheries, except for in waters such as the upper St. Johns River (and its tributaries) near Jacksonville and a few Panhandle rivers. Striped bass need long stretches of flowing water to reproduce successfully and do not tolerate water temperatures above 75˚F, reports the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Jennifer landed this healthy redfish near a duck blind in Rockport, Texas. According to Texas fish biologists, red drum head for tidal creeks and rivers during cold-weather spells. And they’ll head as far upriver as necessary! Reds can live in fresh water and have been found many miles from the Gulf of Mexico.
Species: Cubera Snapper
Ashley landed this overwhelming pargo while fishing near East Cape, Baja. The captain told Ashley her cubera snapper weighed about 45 pounds. Cuberas (aka “pargo”) are such voracious and wiling strikers that kayak anglers are able to target them off the beaches with impressive results.
Mindy caught this barracuda on her birthday near Akumal, Mexico. Be very wary of eating barracuda caught in Caribbean waters: Caribbean barracuda sometimes contain ciguatera, a marine toxin that when eaten causes suffering for weeks to months. Symptoms include weakness, temperature sensation changes, pain, and numbness in the extremities, according to Dr. Lora E. Fleming, in connection with the University of Miami.
Regina spent her summer in the Virgin Islands, combing the flats for tarpon (pictured) and bonefish. As the IGFA explains, because of its ability to gulp air directly into an air bladder by “rolling” at the surface, tarpon can enter brackish waters that are stagnant and depleted of oxygen.
Species: Almaco Jack
Recently engaged, Meredith caught this almaco jack about 20 miles off Islamorada the day after her proposal. To tell the greater amberjack from an almaco jack (pictured), look at the second dorsal fin-lobe, recommends the IGFA. On an almaco jack, the front few rays of the second dorsal fin are about twice as long as the longest dorsal spines. On an AJ, the second dorsal fin-lobe is not much higher than the front part of the fin. The differences seem slight, but they are important in identification when determining a small AJ or an almaco.
Shirley Wilson with an exceptional 10-pound bonefish catch near Islamorada, Florida Keys. This traditionally skinny-water fish also ventures into deeper waters. A research team documented a rarely seen pre-spawning behavior in bonefish; more than 10,000 bonefish congregated offshore as they completed the final stages of spawning migrations in the Bahamas.
Species: Striped Bass
Melissa caught this striper while fishing in the Chesapeake Bay during the spring season. Consider these Bay facts from the Chesapeake Bay Program: The Chesapeake Bay is the largest of more than 100 major estuaries in the United States, yet it is surprisingly shallow — a 6-foot man could wade through more than 700,000 acres of the Bay and never get his hat wet.
Jenna landed her first redfish, measuring 32 inches, from Mosquito Lagoon. Mosquito Lagoon was once a hidden gem for redfish and seatrout anglers but in recent decades is likely now the most popular place on the east coast of Florida to catch redfish in shallow water. Lagoon authorities are noticing seagrass, water-quality and fishing deterioration. One partial solution has been to create two separate “pole-and-troll” zones, designated areas where combustion engines are not allowed. Jenna’s photo won a prize package of Yo-Zuri lures and Salt Life gear from Sport Fishing magazine. Be sure to send in your own photos to be part of the Sport Fishing Girls photo gallery and for your chance to win prizes.
Nicole caught this albacore tuna at Welker Canyon, off the northeast U.S. coast. According to the IGFA, the most distinguishing feature of this member of the tuna family is its very long pectoral fins that reach to a point beyond the anal fin. No other tunas caught on the East Coast can make that claim. Similarly designed, bigeye tuna have pectoral fins that may reach to the second dorsal fin.
Species: Spiny Lobster
Janette, a commercial-lobster deckhand during the winter, caught this hefty spiny lobster. The spiny lobster differs from the cold-water Maine lobster, which has claws on its first three pairs of legs. The spiny lobster (think Florida, Caribbean and Southern California regions) don’t have any large claws that are edible.
Species: Diamond Trevally
Freda caught this diamond trevally off Rompin, Malaysia, on a 12-gram jig. But doesn’t that look like an African pompano? Diamond trevally is actually a catch-all name for the genus Alectis. Fishbase recognizes three separate fish species in the genus, including Alectis ciliarisAfrican pompano, Alectis indicaIndian threadfish, and Alectis alexandrinaAlexandria pompano. It’s hard to say exactly what species Freda is holding.
Part of the fun of pier fishing is that you never know exactly what species is going to bite your bait. Amy landed this large needlefish at the Lake Worth Pier in South Florida.
Species: Summer Flounder
Lynnie is not angry, she’s just tired from kayak fishing all day. She caught this summer flounder in August while kayak fishing near New York’s Fire Island Inlet. Even in the summer, Northeast anglers may require waders and other waterproof gear such as the kind that Lynnie wore to deflect water while kayaking. WIN $200 IN CLOTHING AND LURES! We know you’re out there, and we want to put your photo in our next informative girls-only galleries. You could be the winner, picked at random, of $100 worth of clothing from Salt Life and an assortment of Yo-Zuri lures valued at $100. That’s $200 worth of swag just for sending us fun fishing shots! Remember, you have a 1-in-20 or 30 (depending upon size of gallery) chance of being the winner — pretty good odds! Send your photos to [email protected].