December Sport Fishing Girls

Women who love fishing, tackle and boats.

December 10, 2013
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]. 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. Rick De Paiva
Though it’s tough to identify unless you’re a scientist, the mates helping hold Emily’s billfish believe it was a hatchet marlin. Though most anglers no longer take billfish out of the water to release them, it’s still practiced in some places along the Mexican Coast. One of the more-common marlin caught in Mexican waters is the striped marlin. Check out more Sport Fishing Girls galleries here.
Lisa, fishing in Southwest Florida, landed this legal-size snook in brackish waters. Southwest Florida sits just northwest of Everglades National Park, home to some of the best snook fishing in the world and the rare American crocodile.
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.
Rochelle landed this big fat dolly varden at Kenai Lake, Cooper Landing, Alaska. Dolly varden are a cold water salmon species, occurring in deep runs and pools of creeks and rivers, but also in lakes and the sea, according to FishBase.
Kelly was fishing the waters of the Atlantic tri-state area and landed this respectable black seabass. Don’t mistake this seabass for the white seabass caught from northern Baja to central California, a member of the family of drums and croakers. Kelly’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.
Devon caught this yellow eye snapper at West End, Bahamas. Anglers fishing the Bahamas in their own private vessels are required to clear customs first before fishing. Vessel operators will likely have to pay a number of fees, including cruising and fishing permits.
Cori caught this red grouper off the Gulf Coast of Florida near Anna Maria Island. This fish occurs in the western Atlantic from North Carolina to southern Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Bermuda with strays occurring as far north as Massachusetts, according to the IGFA. The current all-tackle record is 42 pounds, 4 ounces, caught off St. Augustine, Florida.
Ari fishes in her waders in the cold waters of Kenai River, Alaska for salmon. The humped salmon in the photo is a sockeye. Known for their bright red skin, sockeyes are actually blue while in the ocean. Two other salmon you can expect to encounter in Alaskan waters include the chinook and coho.
Amy landed these two bluefish near Lake Tashmoo, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. One of only three species in its family, this piranha of the seas can be caught in subtropical and temperate coastal zones around the world. Bluefish are popular with shore and boat anglers alike in southern Australia (where they’re known as tailor), as well as in the U.S. Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.
Rosemary, from Clearwater, Florida, landed this seatrout in Tampa Bay near bridge structure. The spotted seatrout is prevalent in coastal Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic waters, and is identified by two large canine teeth in the upper jaw and round black spots on the back, tail and second dorsal fin.
Janette caught her first dorado on a sport-fishing boat out of Newport, California. Depending on where you’re fishing in the world, the fast-growing Coryphaena hippurus is often called dolphin, mahi-mahi or dorado even though it’s all the same species.
Have you ever heard the term “bloody decks?” Hannah caught this sizable yellowfin tuna on her own. Yellowfin tuna are incredibly popular worldwide among sport fishermen, whether running-and-gunning to throw poppers into breaking schools of 20-pound “footballs,” or fishing kite baits for the world’s largest yellowfin.
Cristy caught this coral trout at the Bligh Reef in far north Queensland, Australia, on a lure. Sometimes called a coral grouper, the leopard coral trout is one of the most common fish on the reef and is an active hunter during the day. At night, it hides under ledges.
We don’t usually cover freshwater fishing, but every once in a while we like to highlight anglers in states that don’t border salt water. Ashley caught this largemouth bass while kayak fishing Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The current record largemouth bass stands strong at 22 pounds, 4 ounces.
Alex hops out of a motorized kayak to fish a shoreline. First it was paddle power. Then, it was pedal foot drives. Is the next step engine-powered kayaks? We covered one company, Atlantic Extreme Watersports, producing these style of ‘yaks for anglers.
Julie, of Venice, Florida, caught her first two king mackerel ever on a pink skirted ballyhoo on a downrigger. One of the larger mackerels, the kingfish is a coastal game fish found both in large schools and as individuals. The species has a strong following on tournament circuits such as the SKA (Southern Kingfish Association).
Ann landed this 14-pound Pacific lingcod while fishing in Elfin Cove, Alaska. Though lings are delicious, they’re not known for their sleek designs and alluring looks.The largest member of the greenling family, they can top 70 pounds in the northern part of their range (which extends from northern Baja through Alaska).
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. 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]. Ashley, out of Matt’s Landing, New Jersey, fights a Delaware Bay black drum. Found in the western Atlantic Ocean from Nova Scotia to northern Mexico, the drum is often caught near jetties, bridge and pier pilings, oyster beds and channel edges. Small drum are tasty, but larger fish often have worms in the fillet and are released.

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