Third, we came up with a list of 61 experts, who are serious and experienced players in the sport of fishing from around the United States and the world, to rate these species. Many on that list are very well known, some regionally, and some nationally/internationally. Their relationship to the sport varies greatly, and the list includes some top captains and crew, some of the biggest players in the sport-fishing industry, some leading world-record holders and on and on. They were instructed to vote on the first five qualities (as listed above) doing their best to compare on a pound-for-pound basis (i.e., imagine if a bonefish and a marlin were the same size). And they were asked to rate only those species they'd actually fished for and caught enough to ensure real familiarity.