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What is the most sought after saltwater fish?

It is difficult to definitively say what the most sought after type of saltwater gamefish is.  Different parts of the world value different species of fish differently.  Fishermen casting off the shores of New Jersey will likely be seeking a different prey than fishermen who stay mainly around the coasts of the Caribbean.  Generally speaking, the Tarpon is one of the most sought after saltwater gamefish.  The Tarpon is a large coastal fish that is almost universally sought after by anglers.  It can grow up to eight feet in length and weigh up to 200 pounds.  Though Tarpons swim relatively close to the surface of the water, they are notorious for putting up a fight when snared.  As a result, catching a Tarpon has become a goal of many fishermen seeking a challenge.  Another popular gamefish is the Snook, which is a powerful fish that is most often found in waters off the coast of Florida.  Once it is hooked, the Snook shows remarkable speed and strength, which makes it a challenging catch for fishermen.  Yet another largely sought after saltwater fish is the Bonefish.  This particular fish has been nicknamed the “gray ghost of the tropical flats.”  It is largely found in more tropical waters, particularly in coastal waters over grassy or sandy ocean floor (spefically in more shallow waters).  Though the meat of the Bonefish is generally considered undesirable, it is certainly sought after by anglers.  It is typically a favorite target of saltwater fishermen who prefer fly fishing. 

 

 

Daniel Eggertsen
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