With more than 70% of the earth’s surface covered in water, there are plenty of big game fish out there to give even the most experienced fisherman a run for his money. Bringing in one of these guys is an absolutely thrilling experience and some of them taste delicious so it is not just the thrill of the chase. I recently visited South Africa and want to thank Durban Deep Sea Fishing Charters for an absolute amazing fishing trip. Now whether you want the thrill of the fight or you want dinner let’s have a look at some of the different types of big game fish.
First discovered by North American sport fishermen way back in the 1920’s near the Bahamas, these are a favorite saltwater game fish. These fish are fast, powerful, cunning and did we mention big…they are huge. Marlin can reach lengths of up to 14ft and weigh almost 2,000 pounds. They are not for the faint of heart, they are the pinnacle of big game fish and reeling one in isn’t going to be easy. It is not just sport fishermen that want to hook a blue marlin they are worth big money to commercial fisherman with their meat being used for sashimi.
Sailfish are considered one of the fastest fish in the sea and they can swim at speeds of nearly 70 miles per hour. They are also huge jumpers which makes them not only thrilling to watch but a feat to catch. You can find sailfish on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts making them incredibly popular for deep sea anglers on both coasts. Not nearly as big as a marlin they weigh around 200 lbs and reach lengths of 9 feet. Here is a look at how much fun sailfish are to reel in.
Bluefin are some of the most difficult fish in the world to catch and they are also some of the most coveted. These fish are huge! Bluefin can reach up to 1,500 pounds and they will put up a fight! Their meat is extremely valuable, especially in Japan but unfortunately they are being threatened because of commercial fishing. If you don’t want to catch Bluefin for this reason then you can try your hand with Yellowfin.
Dorado (Mahi Mahi)
Dorado can be found all over the world and it is a popular fish not just as a game fish but also because it is delicious. You don’t need a whole lot in the way of equipment, you can sight cast with a light tackle. These fish are fun to catch, they jump and they are fast and have brilliant colors.