Fishing Tips

6 Saltwater Game Fish That Fight

Saltwater fishing is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most people. If you are lucky enough to have that opportunity, chances are you will have memories for a lifetime. With the cost to go out for the day being so high, you want to make sure you are targeting your dream fish.

There are many types of deep sea fishing in different price ranges, but today we are going to cover some big fish fighting game. I say, if your going to do it, go big! If your lucky enough to hook into one of the below, you are guaranteed to come home tired and satisfied.

Credit: Slippy Slappy

Wahoo

If there is one thing you can say about Wahoo, is that they are very fast. These fish can get up to 60 miles per hour. When they hit your bait, they hit hard and run. There are a couple different fishing strategies but the most common is fast trolling. You will find Wahoo in tropical to subtropical waters year round.

Not only will Wahoo give you a fierce fight, they are also highly sought after for taste. Wahoo normal size is between 40″-65″ with the heaviest recorded at 158 pounds. Here is more information on the Wahoo.

Credit: Nic Taylor

Tarpon

Tarpon is one of the most sought after big game fish for saltwater anglers. People travel the world for their chance to hook into one of these beauties. The Tarpon is a beautiful fish and the fight is wonderful thing to watch. These fish can launch themselves 10 feet out of the water during your battle. Besides the fight, another cool thing about tarpon is that you can spot fish them in shallow water.

Tarpon can be found in warm water. One of the most popular place is Boca. These fish have been recorded up to 8 feet long and weighing as much as 355 pounds. You can check out tips specifically for Boca Grande Tarpon fishing that gives more information on fishing this beast.

Credit: Luyen Chou

Bonefish

A fish with a restaurant named after it (Bonefish Grill). Like the Tarpon, Bonefish are on the top of many anglers list to fish. People will plan a whole vacation around fishing these oddly named fish. Not nearly as big as the other fish on this list, some may not think they are worth the time and may pass over the chance. If you ever get the chance to fish for Bonefish, DON”T PASS IT UP! They may only reach 20 or so pounds, but the fight they give is priceless.

The best way to fish these type of fish it by sight fishing with a fly rod. When they hot, you will know it and the these rockets take off, so hold on tight. If you want a good fight on smaller gear, Bonefish may just be what your looking for.

Credit: Kim

Marlin

Marlin of course is probably the fist thing you think of when thinking bog game saltwater fishing. And of course it is going to be on our list. If you think of the movie fast and furious, you will know what to expect when you hook into a Marlin.

These are smart, stealthy, big and violent fish. If you get the pleasure of going a round with one, you will remember it for the rest of your life.

There are many types of Marlin and they can be found by trolling off shore in tropical seas.  Believe it or not, female Marlin are much bigger than males. They can reach up to 14 feet in length and over 1,800 pounds!

Credit: Jonathan Vail

Sailfish

Like Marlin, the Sailfish is a worthy opponent for anyone wanting a fight of a lifetime. They are huge, fight hard and jump as good as any other. On top of all of that, they are fast, being clocked at up to 56 miles per hour! Your gear along with your body will be begging for for mercy. Though Sailfish are  smaller in size than Marlin, they give you a run for your money.

Sailfish average in size around 9-10 feet on the large size, weighing roughly  170-200 pounds. They can be found in most open water. There are many types of Sailfish and are known to migrate.

Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife

Amberjack

Greater Amberjack is the last on our list of saltwater game fish that fight. They hit violently and fight with an enduring livelihood. Amberjack hang out around cover like wrecks and reefs. Something to keep in mind is that they will head for that cover when they feel a threat.

Amberjack are found in warm waters with heavier cover. The average weight is a tough fighting 40 pounds. Not as big as some of the others on the list but they give one heck of a fight. You can plan on a hour or so to get the fighter in and they are runners!

In conclusion

There are many worthy fish in the sea that will give you a fight of a lifetime, above is a list of our “bucket list” fish to catch. For the everyday angler, checking one of these off their list may be the trip of a lifetime. Checking them all off…well, a guy can dream.

If you have had the pleasure of tangling with of of these beasts or another, we would love for you to contact us to share your story.

How to Choose a Fishing Rod for Beginners

Picking the perfect fishing reel might be a daunting task when you’ve no knowledge about the stuff. Especially, if you’re just starting to like fishing.

The right reel is the cornerstone of a pleasant fishing experience. With the right rod on your side, you can increase your chance of actually catching a fish, or at least can enjoy a smooth fishing time. But as mentioned earlier, probably you can’t tell the difference between a right tool from the wrong kind for your task. That’s why I came up with this how to choose a fishing rod for beginners guide. You will find everything you need to know to pick the right equipment for fishing after reading this article.

How should beginners choose a fishing rod?

There are various things you first need to sort before getting your fishing rod. Here below, you will learn about all those things so that you can pick the right tool for the job.

Water type: Fishing rods are built for two types of water. One is for the freshwater fishing. The other one is for saltwater fishing. If you’re looking to fish during free time in nearby ponds and lakes, then freshwater fishing gear will perfectly suit you. However, you can’t use that for saltwater fishing. Why? Because of the corrosion factor. Those gears will get damaged in no time as they won’t withstand salty water. That’s why you require using a saltwater fishing rod. They are expensive but perfect for any kind of fishing.

Rod Action: The flexibility of the cane is another important aspect while choosing a fishing rod. The bending of the rods provides different speed. The fast action rods slightly bend on the top region, while the slow action rods will bend almost from the top to the lower third of its body. Quick action rods responses better while fishing but slower action rods will provide little more distance while casting.

Resistance: The resistance of a fishing rod is determined by the strength to hold the lines. Always use proper lines according to the resistance of your rod. For instance, a fishing rod for bass or soft-water fishing will require heavier lines.

Types of fishing rods: There are different types of fishing rods in the market. Spinning, flyfishing and many others.

  • The spinning rods are launched and collected to lure frequently. This type of rods is generally lightweight. That is why you get more throwing accuracy and less fatigue using it.
  • Next is surfcasting rods. These are used on the shores in beaches. Therefore, this type of rods is longer than others. Plus, they are corrosion proof.
  • And the last popular fishing rode is flyfishing. Perfect for catching fish in Riverside. They are lightweight, comfortable to control and have a smaller grip.

Rod Material: Your rods material is as relevant as any other factor mentioned here. If it is constructed using a rigid material, then it will last forever, but you’ve also to make sure it provides enough flexibility for a better fishing experience. Here are the types of fishing rods material you’ll encounter in the marketplace.

  • Fiberglass: Most modern fishing rods are constructed using fiberglass. It is a very popular material in many fishing equipments.
  • Graphite: Lightweight and high resistance. A material used by many fishermen. It isn’t as popular as it used to be. Still, some people prefer this over others.
  • Bamboo: For many centuries, rods were built using bamboo. And still today, you can find rods made from rebuilt bamboo.

However, fiberglass should be your top pick. They are more efficient and has better-built quality. Not that expensive too.

Conclusion:

At the end of the day, it depends on the fisherman’s preference. Some beginners with the budget might go for the best fishing rod in the market. But it’s better to learn the curves with a starter rod and get your way up from there. And hopefully, my how to choose fishing rods beginners guide will be enough to help you find the right tool according to your experience level.