February Sport Fishing Girls

Women who love fishing, tackle and boats.

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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 sfgirls@sportfishingmag.com. 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'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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Carolyn caught this kissable red snapper off the coast of Sargent, Texas. Texas state waters extend nine miles into the Gulf of Mexico, offering exceptional snapper fishing with less stringent regulations than federal waters.
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These two lady anglers had little trouble with a 50-pound mahi. If the scales don't lie, this catch is eligible for IGFA's Dolphinfish Club. To qualify an angler must catch a dolphinfish that weighs 50 pounds or more on a certified scale. A photo of the angler and the fish is required.
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Alyssa caught this mahi-mahi in August while fishing 40 miles offshore of Long Island, New York. The name mahi-mahi means "very strong" in Hawaiian.
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Nicole says these two bigeye tunas were fought side by side off Virginia Beach. The bigeye is the prized tuna along the mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, known for their incredibly powerful runs and utter stinginess.
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Brooke went kayak fishing in the marshes for striped bass. Stripers are an all-American game fish. It's enormously important along the coast and in estuaries from Maine through the mid-Atlantic states, locally important south into northern Florida; it's sometimes taken even in northern Gulf of Mexico estuaries.
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Snook fishermen might recognize similar features in Cristy's barramundi catch from Australia.The barramundi is a bit more thick-bodied and lacks the distinctive lateral-line bar. But the two are clearly kissing cousins in the same genus.
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Sherre caught her first bull redfish near Port Sulphur, Louisiana. Bull reds are available from September to March in the marshes near Port Sulphur, located about 50 minutes southeast of New Orleans.
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Monica caught this full-size red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. Recently, the Gulf Council moved forward with an amendment to modernize allocation, something all recreational anglers can applaud.
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Gaylynn caught this massive halibut in Alaska. According to the IGFA, the Pacific halibut is highly migratory. Tagging operations have shown that some adult specimens travel 2,000 miles or more, though others appear to remain near the spawning grounds. Gaylynn'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.
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Regina landed this dorado off Oceanside, California in September. Mexican and SoCal anglers are most likely to call the dolphinfish a "dorado." The Spanish dorado translates to "golden," a fitting name for the acrobatic and colorful gamefish.
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Sandra traveled from Golfito and Quepos in Costa Rica, fishing for 4 days, and landing species like this roosterfish. Roosters are unique to the eastern Pacific, where they're caught from Baja into northern South America. Once thought to be a species of jack (Carangidae), roosters are in fact in their own family.
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Katy went to Grand Bahama Island to land her first wahoo. Wahoo are found around the world in warm seas and may travel in packs. They typically patrol near the surface, from blue water far offshore to the edges of steep rocky shorelines and submarine shelves.
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Morgan landed this yellowtail snapper in December off of Ramrod Key, Florida Keys. Yellowtail snapper range from Massachusetts and Bermuda to southwestern Brazil; including the Gulf of Mexico. In the Keys, a common technique is to cloud the water with chum balls made of fish and sand. Once the yellowtail start to congregate behind the boat, anglers toss out large live baits for the biggest 'tails.
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Amy caught this oversize snook caught on a gold spoon in Estero Bay, Florida. According to the IGFA, snook are confined to the American tropics and subtropics. Six species occur in the Atlantic and six in the Pacific. None occur in both oceans. They inhabit shallow coastal waters, estuaries and brackish lagoons, often penetrating far inland in fresh water.
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Susan landed her first dorado off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. When dorado feel the hook set, they almost immediately head for the surface and jump skyward. Check out this gallery of acrobatic gamefish, including the prized dorado.
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The first time Phoenix went fishing off Cape Cod, she landed this bluefin tuna within 15 minutes of starting trolling. Bluefin are the largest tuna and one of the largest true bony fish.Bluefins can be distinguished from almost all others by its short pectoral fins which extend only as far back as the eleventh or twelfth spine in the first dorsal fin. There are 12-14 spines in the first dorsal fin and 13-15 rays in the second, according to the IGFA.
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This tournament-winning striped bass for Kelly weighed 34 pounds. In saltwater, the striped bass is anadromous and migratory. Some migrate from North Carolina, Virginia, or Maryland to more northern climates in the summer and return when the summer season is over.
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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 sfgirls@sportfishingmag.com. Nina landed this handful of a yellowtail off the California coast. The hard-fighting yellowtail is a coastal, schooling fish that sometimes enters estuaries. It feeds predominantly in the morning and late afternoon on small fishes, invertebrates and pelagic crabs.