Atlantic Sailfish

The Atlantic Sailfish is a pelagic fish of tropical and temperate waters in the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea. It is a migratory species and moves about the open ocean and into the Mediterranean Sea. Its depth range is from warm surface waters down to about 200m (656 ft).

Atlantic Sailfish are related to the marlin. They hunt schooling fish, such as sardines, anchovies and mackerel although they also feed on crustacean s and squids.

A highly prized game fish known for its speed and spectacular jumps and “tail-walking”.

 

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Lionfish

Pterois, commonly known as lionfish, is a genus of venomous marine fish found mostly in the indo-pacific. Pterois is characterized by conspicuous warning coloration with red, white, creamy or black bands showy pectoral fins and venomous spiny fin rays. The potency of their venom makes them excellent predators and poisonous to fishermen and divers. In humans, the venom can cause systemic effects such as extreme pain, vomiting, fever, convulsions and breathing difficulties. Their venom is rarely fatal to healthy humans, but some species have enough venom to produce extreme discomfort for a period of several days.

Two of the nine species of pterois, the red lionfish (P. volitans) and the common lionfish (P. miles), have established themselves as significant invasive species of the east coast of the us and in the Caribbean. Studies show that lionfish could be decreasing Atlantic reef diversity by up to 80%.

 

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Snook

The common snook is the largest of the four members in its family. Also called the robalo or sergeant fish, it can grow it 4.6 feet but common length is 1.6 ft. It possesses drab coloration except for a distinctive black lateral line. It can possess bright yellow pelvic and caudal fins, especially during the spawn.

Snook are widespread throughout the tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean from the coast of North Carolina to Brazil including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Occurring in shallow coastal waters, estuaries and lagoons, they often enter fresh water. It is carnivorous, with a diet dominated by smaller fishes, and crustacean s such as shrimps and occasionally crabs.

Considered an excellent food fish, the common snook is fished commercially outside the US. It is prized as a game fish, being known for its great fighting capabilities.

 

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Wahoo

Wahoo are found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. It is best known to sports fishermen, as its speed and high quality flesh make it a prize game fish. In Hawaii, the wahoo is known as ono. Many hispanic areas of the Caribbean and central America refer to this fish as peto.

The flesh of the wahoo is white to grey, delicate to dense and highly regarded by many gourmets. The taste is similar to mackerel, though arguably less pronounced. This had created some demand for the wahoo as a premium priced commercial food fish. In many areas of its range, local demand for wahoo is met by artisanal commercial fisherman who take them primarily by trolling as well as by recreation sport fisherman who sell their catch. Wahoo have been recorded up to 8ft 2in in length and weighing up to 183 pounds. Growth is rapid and they are some of the fastest fish in the sea.

In most parts of the range, the wahoo is a highly prized sport fishing catch. It reaches a good size, is often not too far from land, and is a very good fighter on light to medium tackle. It is known in sports fishing circles for the speed and strength of its first run, The aggressive habits and razor sharp teeth of the wahoo make them a great challenged when hook ed.

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Mahi Mahi

 

The mahi mahi or common dolphinfish is a surface dwelling fish found off shore in temperate tropical and subtropical waters worldwide.

Also known widely as dorado. The name mahi mahi means very strong in Hawaiian. Mahi Mahi can live up to 5 years although they seldom exceed four. They are among the fastest growing fish and females can reach sexual maturity by 4 or 5 months old and cam spawn 2 or 3 times a year.

Mahi Mahi can swim as fast as 60 mph and are highly sought for sport fishing and commercial purposes. Sport fisherman seek them due to their beauty, size, food quality and healthy population. Mahi Mahi is very popular in many restaurants.

 

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Trout

Cynoscion arenarius (sand seatrout, sand weakfish or, as it is also known, white trout) is a common species of drum fish found in the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic Ocean. While not especially popular or targeted, it is still known as a sport fish and is often caught by anglers of these waters. Research in biochemistry suggests that the sand seatrout may actually be a subspecies of the weakfish that lacks spots. Often confused with the silver seatrout, the sand seatrout is larger and more often found inshore than its similar-appearing offshore cousin. It also has a slight yellow hue, whereas the silver seatrout is more silver overall. It averages at one pound and is reportedly a good fish for eating.

 

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