We know you’re out there, and we want to put you in our informative girls-only galleries. You could win an assortment of great Yo-Zuri lures of your choice if you’re the one picked at random. 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
Mariah is hard at work catching her first striped marlin off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Cabo is one of the top destinations in the world to target striped marlin. This year, 400 striped marlin were released during the 3-day IGFA Offshore World Championship tournament. Mariah’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. Check out more Sport Fishing Girls galleries here.
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 Fishbase.org.
Nicole with a feisty bridge snook. They explode readily on plugs and flies, and usually put on an exciting aerial display. Snook frequent mangrove estuaries, lagoons, beaches and inlets, at times dwelling in fresh water.
Christina landed this solid tripletail. When spotted finning near buoys or other surface objects, the surface-loving tripletail might turn up its nose at every offering, even live shrimp. Still, it’s worth the effort to coax this delicious-tasting fish into biting.
The biggest white sturgeon of the day for Karen. White sturgeon live in slow-moving rivers, bays and estuaries, including brackish water areas, along the west coast of North America. One hotspot is the Columbia River. Also known as the Pacific sturgeon, whites reach lengths of 20 feet.
Jamie hauled in this full-size, keeper redfish. Redfish are found in a 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. They are protected from commercial harvesting via game-fish-only status in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas.
Jensen caught her first snook ever while fishing near Siesta Key, Florida. Snook caught in Gulf of Mexico waters off Florida reopened to harvest Sept. 1 after being closed since Jan. 2010. The limit is one per day, measuring 28 to 33 inches, until the season closes on Dec. 1.
Charie Ann caught this dolphin off the east coast of Dubai in the Middle East. Often called mahimahi or dorado, dolphin eat insatiably and grow at an astounding rate, up to 18 inches in a year. Not surprisingly, offshore anglers love to target the hard-fighters in most warm ocean waters around the planet.
Dianne hooked this nice redfish with a jig on the flats near Sarasota Bay, Florida. Sometimes called red drum, reds hit hard and run strong, particularly in skinny water. They are a favorite target of sight-casters. The all-tackle record redfish weighed 94 pounds, 2 ounces, from North Carolina in 1984.
Gaylynn landed this lingcod off the coast of Seward, Alaska. Surpassing 100 pounds, the lingcod is a popular species prized for its delicious meat. Though not related to the ling or cod, the name originates from a slight resemblance to those two fish.
Michelle learns to fly cast on the flood tides in Jacksonville, Florida. Exceptionally high “flood” tides occur in the spring to allow South Carolina, Georgia and Florida anglers to target redfish in the marsh. But just about anytime a full moon or storm brings high water to an area allows anglers to benefit from flood tide fishing conditions. The redfish are there to eat crabs and snails they can’t normally reach — it’s our job to catch the spot-tails before they spook.
Sonya landed this big needlefish while fishing in Costa Rica with her husband (not pictured). This species is just one of many available to anglers traveling to this exciting fishing destination. On the southern Pacific Coast, sailfish, yellowfin tuna and roosterfish are top targets. Editor-in-Chief Doug Olander took these pictures from a recent trip to Crocodile Bay Resort.
Tina, of Auburn, Alabama, caught this jack crevalle while sight fishing off Cape San Blas, Florida. The hard-fighting jack doesn’t get as much respect as it deserves because it’s mostly considered inedible, made up of dark, bloody meat.
Stephanie shows off her jack crevalle catch from a pier. Sometimes just called jacks, they’re abundant throughout much of the temperate and tropical Atlantic, and similarly abundant in the Pacific (though that’s a different species). Good luck finding a harder fighting fish pound-for-pound.
Cassandra, Amanda and Kelly with five kingfish (king mackerel) caught outside of Boca Inlet in southeast Florida. Found both in large schools and as solitary individuals, target kings from inlets and just off beaches to open nearshore waters. The nickname “Smoker” nickname is often given to fish weighing more than 40 pounds (that’s what it can do to your reel drag).
Kiersten caught these Spanish mackerel in the Gulf of Mexico in July. Spanish mackerel are often confused with cero mackerel, but there are a couple key differences. Spanish mackerel feature orange dots and a lateral line that slopes down gently, while cero mackerel feature the same orange dots and a bronze stripe from their pectoral fin to tail.
Kelleigh caught this brightly-colored mahimahi (dolphin) on a recent offshore trip. The name mahimahi means very strong in Hawaiian. It seems like more and more anglers are calling the fish mahi instead of dolphin, mostly to avoid confusion with those who are not familiar with offshore fish species. This fish is not a mammal and is not related to marine mammals.
Kyle caught this 20-pound halibut in 170 feet off Seward, Alaska, using a diamond jig tipped with cod. Fishing for the Pacific halibut is mostly concentrated in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea, though catches are common off Pacific Northwest states. Pacific halibut live on the bottom, similar to flounder, but prefer waters along the edge of the Continetal Shelf and as cold as 37 degrees Fahrenheit. 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 win an assortment of great Yo-Zuri lures of your choice if you’re the one picked at random. In this gallery, we hope you discovered something that you may not have known about a fish, a boat or a fishing destination. Send us your fishing photos to [email protected]. Laura, of Columbus, Georgia, caught this blue marlin way offshore Venice, Louisiana with Capt. Woody Woods. Because of their size and ferociousness, landing a large blue marlin is one of sport fishing’s hardest feats. Blue marlin populations are under siege primarily by (often illegal) commercial longline fishing. The all-tackle record for the Atlantic blue marlin is 1,402 pounds, 2 ounces, caught off Vitoria, Brazil.