Sport fishing is a popular activity for many anglers, and it can be a great way to catch some of the most prized game fish in the world. The blue marlin is one of the most sought-after game fish, and its powerful sword-shaped beak gives it its name - the swordfish. Sailfish are also popular targets for deep-sea fishing, as they have a distinctive look that makes them stand out. They can be caught with both natural lures and bait, and they tend to eat octopus, squid, tuna, mullet, flying fish and other fish.
Super Chugger and Wide Range lures are popular decoys for catching sailfish. This week's fishing has been excellent, as it usually is at the end of December. On our various deep-sea fishing trips, we have caught dolphins, tunas, sailfish, kingfish, medregal and more. I was very impressed by this week's catches - there are a lot of big fish on the pier. Sailing has been stinging really well this month, which is great news for anglers. This year has been a very warm winter for us in South Florida.
So far there has been no cold front, at least nothing below 70 degrees. Cold fronts are usually welcomed by anglers as they make sailfish more playful. But this year, they have been very playful even without the cold weather coming. Fly anglers are some of the best-known types of sport anglers. Many take part in this activity just to be in nature, with fishing being an added bonus.
Many fly anglers practice catch and release or fish only in catch-and-release waters. When going on a chartered deep-sea fishing trip, it's important to know what equipment to bring. Triple tail is a unique saltwater game fish that looks more like a large sunfish than an elegant predator. Platypterus tends to grow larger than its Atlantic counterpart and can weigh over 100 pounds. Barbless hooks, rubber nets and safe fish handling practices are important for keeping fish alive after a fight. Wahoo is known as one of the fastest fish in the sea and can reach speeds of over 68 miles per hour.
Pacific bass populations in estuaries tend to be mostly smaller fish, so finding underexploited waters where trophy fish remain can be a challenge. Fishermen also fish for live bait on Atlantic beaches and on rocky headlands from boats or from the coast. Yellow-tailed “moss” can be found on the Pacific coast of Baja California and can be caught with live baits or metal templates (“iron”). There are also restrictions on the species, size and number of fish that can be caught. When hooked or simply jumping freely, sailfish turn into horizontal missiles that sizzle away in an initial race that lasts too long and is incredibly fast for a fish of their size. Menhaden, red mullets, pins and different baits found in the area where you plan to fish can also be used.
Kayak fishing is another popular sportfishing opportunity where anglers struggle to catch monster fish in small fishing kayaks.