January Sport Fishing Girls

Women who love fishing, tackle and boats.

January 11, 2014
We know you’re out there, and we want to put you in our informative girls-only galleries. You could be the winner, picked at random, of an assortment of great Yo-Zuri lures valued at $100. In this gallery, we hope you’ll discover something that you may not have known about a fish, a boat or a fishing destination. Send us your fishing photos to [email protected]. Mandy trolled up this gag grouper off the Florida coast on Yo-Zuri 3D deep diver. Gags are caught in the western Atlantic from North Carolina to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Juveniles travel as far north as the Massachusetts coast, says the IGFA. Jimmy Nelson
Brooke landed this 22-inch crimson snapper off Gold Coast Australia, on bonito-and-flasher-rig combo.This Indo-West Pacific species prefers shoals, rubble, corals, hard or sandy mud substrates and offshore reefs, according to FishBase. Check out more Sport Fishing Girls galleries here.
Jillian and Meaghan fished GE Reef off of Atlantic City to land this 3.8-pound fluke. The summer flounder, also called fluke, are found in water as shallow as 6 inches during the summer, though the largest specimens are found in depths of 8 to 10 fathoms.
Cristy caught this mangrove jack in the Kimberley River, Western Australia, on a soft plastic. The mangrove jack is common from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south to the central coast of New South Wales. For Americans, the jack looks pretty similar to a mangrove (grey) snapper.
Morgan fished off Ramrod Key, Florida Keys, to land this blackfin tuna. Widespread throughout the temperate and tropical Western Atlantic, this very accessible and aggressive surface-schooling tuna is a favorite of anglers.
Michelle, of Deerfield Beach, landed this 45-pound roosterfish in Costa Rica on 15-pound test. The distinctive dorsal fins of the roosterfish normally remain retracted in a deep groove along the fish’s back, but when the fish is excited the fins rise.
Amanda caught this pup on the beach near Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Nearby, the Outer Banks hold some of the largest red drum in the country, with a record 94-pounder landed in 1984.
Sara shows off her nice gag grouper caught on Yo-Zuri trolled plug. Grouper, such as gags, are known to travel hundreds of miles to spawn, forming large aggregrations. The exceptional number of grouper species available to fishermen makes them a popular fish to catch. Jimmy Nelson
Gina caught her first dolphin 30 miles southeast of Fire Island Inlet, Long Island, New York after spotting some floating debris. Dolphin are total eating machines — they eat anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of their body weight in a single day. To learn more about the amazing life history and daily life of a dolphinfish, check out the full-length feature in the March 2014 issue of Sport Fishing. Gina’s photo won a prize package of Yo-Zuri lures 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.
Mary made the trek from Green Harbor, Massachusetts, to Stellwagen Bank to hook this 75-inch tuna. Anglers head to the Bank to fight bluefin tuna weighing as much as 1,200 pounds and swimming at speeds up to 50 miles per hour.
Morganne caught and released this 24-pound redfish fishing the jetties in Charleston, South Carolina. Fish of this size, especially bulls like this drum, should not be held vertically with a lip-gripper. (She gets a pass because it’s her first oversize red.) For the safety of the fish, hold it horizontally, supporting its weight with your second hand.
Keli landed this 28-inch seatrout in the Tampa Bay, Florida using live shrimp. Shrimp is the most popular and effective bait for specks. Whenever shrimp are abundant, spotted seatrout feed on them almost exclusively, says the IGFA.
Karla from Stuart, Florida, landed this jack crevalle on topwater near Ft. Pierce Inlet. Look for two key characteristics to differentiate this species from similar-looking jacks. There is a rounded black spot at the lower base of the pectoral fin of the crevalle, and there is also a vertically elongate black spot on the operculum.
Susan caught this redfish in Orange Beach, Alabama. Alabama has 607 miles of coastline, according to the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.
Ashley caught her first striped bass off Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Confluences of the Hudson and Delaware rivers near Point Pleasant attract bluefish, striped bass, fluke and weakfish species.
Colleen fished out of Bud and Mary’s in Islamorada, Florida, to land these two yellowtail snapper. They are abundant in the Bahamas, Florida and throughout the Caribbean, and easily identified by a yellow stripe running from the tip of the snout through the eye to the tail.
Cherie caught this 37-pound lingcod off of Cape Mark, about 2 hours west of Bella Bella, British Columbia. The fish was caught in 90 feet of water using a halibut squid jig with a chunk of salmon fin to entice a bite. Find lingcod in the eastern Pacific Ocean from Point San Carlos, Baja California, Mexico, north to Kodiak Island, Alaska.
Katie took a break from her summer job at Glacier Bay National Park to catch this 180-pound halibut out of Gustavus, Alaska. Pacific halibut get even bigger than her catch, with the current record holding at 459 pounds.
Yvonne landed two healthy flatfish on a recent trip. Fish like flounder, halibut and sole all fall into this category. In many of the species, both eyes start on one side of the head, one or the other migrating through and around the head during development. Check out more Sport Fishing Girls galleries here.
We know you’re out there, and we want to put you in our informative girls-only galleries. You could be the winner, picked at random, of an assortment of great Yo-Zuri lures valued at $100. In this gallery, we hope you’ll discover something that you may not have known about a fish, a boat or a fishing destination. Send us your fishing photos to [email protected]. This lucky angler landed a striped bass near bridge structure. The bass species moves far upstream in rivers during spawning migrations and is caught via a number of tactics including trolling, jigging, bait fishing, surf casting, fly fishing, and lure fishing.

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