Best of Sport Fishing Girls

Women who love fishing, tackle and boats.

March 6, 2014
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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]. Ashley caught this tasty summer flounder on a live shrimp in Fort Myers, Florida with Capt. Jimmy Nelson. Flounder are born with one eye on each side of their heads; as they grow, they develop a “blind” side with no eyes and a pigmented side with two eyes. Learn more about another flatfish, the southern flounder. Jimmy Nelson
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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
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Brandy caught a 28-inch redfish on a Yo-Zuriplug near Pine Island, Florida fishing with Capt. Jimmy Nelson. According to, Pine Island is the largest island off Florida’s Gulf Coast, including three aquatic preserves, plus acres of palm, tropical plants and fruit groves. Pine Island offers anglers a top opportunity to land a redfish, snook and seatrout slam in a single day. Jimmy Nelson
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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.
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Darcie poses for a picture with a dolphin she caught out of Boynton Beach, Florida. Have you ever heard of a pompano dolphin? The lesser-known subspecies features a large, rectangular tongue tooth patch.
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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.
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Sara released this redfish in a Southwest Florida bay. Depending on what part of the country you’re fishing, redfish are often called red drum, channel bass, or spot-tails. Redfish are found in a great variety of habitats, from clear flats to muddy bays to Atlantic beaches to the base of structure in more than 200 feet of water offshore.
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Michelle from Deerfield Beach, Florida, caught her first redfish off Marco Island. **Redfish **have been given game-fish status in Alabama, Florida, Louisian, South Carolina and Texas; in all federal waters, no red drum may be kept by anyone.
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Brittany, Camille and Lauren with a triple-header of keeper grouper off Crystal River, Florida fishing with Capt. Jimmy Nelson. In the winter, manatees move to the warm waters of the Crystal River where visitors can get up close and swim with them. Look for a feature about Crystal River’s exciting fishery in an upcoming issue of Sport Fishing. Jimmy Nelson
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Brooke’s first red drum was the biggest catch of the day at 48 inches. Red drum get their name from their ability to make drumming sounds. During spawning, red drum males attract females by producing a drum-like noise by vibrating a muscle in their swim bladder.
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Gaylynn with a 140-pound **halibut **out of Seward, Alaska. Virtually all halibut are right-eyed, meaning both eyes are found on the upper, dark side of the body. Left-eyed halibut are rare; one report suggested a ratio of about 1 in 20,000.
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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.
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Kelly grabbed this barramundi off Darwin, Australia on Adrenalin Barra & Billfish Safaris. Fishing a coastal creek only 10 meters wide using big soft plastics and casting to the edge of the bank, this incredible fish latched on just as she was pulling the lure out of the water to have another cast. She guessed it to be a 60-pounder. Barramundi share all the hard-fighting, high-jumping characteristics of snook, and they get considerably larger. They’re also estuary-based ambush predators, hiding around mangroves or rocks in channels to dart out and snatch a live bait or lure.
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Ashley with a slot snook caught near the mangroves fishing with Capt. Jimmy Nelson. Mangroves are vital estuarine habitat for Florida’s game fish and birds, and even filter pollutants and trap sediments that could otherwise damage the environment. Mangroves are protected under Florida law and require special authorization to be trimmed.
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Michelle caught this estimated 35-pound amberjack off Islamorada, Florida Keys. Sometimes called a “reef donkey,” this stubborn fighting jack is tough to pull from reef structure. The amberjack is similar-looking to the Pacific yellowtail, but lacks the delicious-tasting meat of the yellowtail. Which fish fights harder is prime fodder for a healthy debate.
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Mary made the trek from Green Harbor, Massachusetts, to Stellwagen Bank to hook this 75-inch tuna. Anglers head to the Bank to fightbluefin tuna weighing as much as 1,200 pounds and swimming at speeds up to 50 miles per hour.
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Crystal fights a nurse shark **caught bottom fishing near Yankeetown, Florida fishing with **Capt. Jimmy Nelson. There’s a misconception that nurse sharks don’t have teeth, but that’s not true. Nurse sharks have independent dentition, the simplest type of tooth arrangement found in sharks. Read more details about nurse sharks.
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Jennifer caught this 861-pound bluefin tuna on stand-up gear in Prince Edward Island, Canada. There’s a limited take for these massive tuna that make the journey to Canadian waters each summer and fall. Check our list of 10 great places to catch huge tuna.
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Christina with a fun-size triggerfish catch. Triggerfish are named after a pair of dorsal spines that are used as protection against other fish. The first spine locks into place when the second shorter spine is erect. Inversely, that first spine can be lowered by pressing down on the second “trigger” spine. Find out more about the numerous triggerfish species at
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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.

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