We Put Together A List Of The Big Thrillers For Offshore East Coast US
When you put in the time and effort and cost of getting offshore to chase big sportfish – you want to be rewarded with the big sizzling runs and challenging battles and that means targeting certain species that are renown pound for pound fighters – here is our take on that list :
No 10 – WAHOO
Also known as “Ono” or ” Peto” these sliver speedsters smash lures on the troll, hammer you as you jig big drop-offs or live baiting current lines. It is reported that some fisherman have caught them trolling at 15 knots so they can motor when they want to. The Wahoo are pretty tasty too and rate well in gourmet circles.
The biggest Wahoo ever caught was from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and this world record is held by an avid fisherwoman Sara Hayward. In 2005 Sara reeled in a Wahoo weighing 83.46 kg using trolling and this record still stands undefeated.
No 9 – DORADO
One of the most spectacular looking fish in the ocean , the Dorado is also known as the Dolphin Fish and the Mahi-Mahi. They are prized line strippers that often get aerial during hook ups and test the gear out. Average common catch size is around that 15-30 lbs size.
The world record catch of a Dorado was made by Manuel Salazar in 1976. He reeled in a gigantic Dorado of 39.46 kg from the Papagayo Gulf in Costa Rica. The method used in this record catch was trolling, with soft plastic squid.
no.8 – GIANT TREVALLY
Everyone who has hooked a ‘GT’ will remember it – line sizzling deep powerful runs that will test your gear to the max and if you haven’t tied the knots right or have weak hooks you will be found out by these boys. Caught just about everywhere in the Tropical Indo-Pacific they prowl rocky headlands, coral edges and drop-offs anywhere they can ambush bait.
Growing to at least 1.7 metres long and 180 pounds on the old scale (80 kg) the current world record is is 160lb/72.8 kg for a fish taken in Japan.
No. 7 – BONEFISH
The Bone is one hell of a big fighter in a small body but be warned – these fish are amongst the hardest hitting and spool screaming sports fish getting around. Now not strictly an offshore species as they frequent the inshore flats they are just such a good fighter to leave off the list. They are so prized that fly fisherman travel across the globe to remote pacific island locations to just fish for a Bone.
Current WR is a 16lb Bone caught in the Bahamas in 1971- that’s a big bone
No.6 – TARPON
These mighty fish are often the target of madly dedicated fisherman – chasing the ‘Poon is addictive and you can see why when once hooked , they rip line and get regular air whilst sometimes taking hours to land. They can live almost in any type of water so are caught in a variety of inshore locations but are shit to eat.
World Record Tarpon below
No.5 – ROOSTER FISH
This sports fish has it all – flashy looks and speed to burn and I’m sure every fisherman remembers there first kiss with a Rooster. They habit also warmer inshore sandy banks and drop-offs from the Baja coast to Peru and readily take lures and flys making them an emerging sportfish target. Again not a real tasty fish.
World Record for a Rooster stands at 114lbs taken in La Paz in 1960
No.4 – YELLOWFIN TUNA
Any tuna are awesome to hook and the yellowfin whilst not getting quite as a big as its cousin the Bluefin are unbelievably powerful fighters that fisherman need to be well prepared for.
Reported sizes have ranged as high as 2.4 m (94 in) in length and 200 kg (440 lb) in weight. The IGFA record for this species stands at 176 kg (388 lb)for a fish caught in 1977 near San Benedicto Island in the Pacific waters of Mexico. In 2010, a 184-kg yellowfin was caught off the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, 2.2-metre (87 in) long with a girth of 1.5 m (59 in). The catch is still pending verification by the IGFA. In 2012, a fisherman in Baja California caught a 193-kg yellowfin. If the catch is confirmed by the IGFA, the fisherman will receive a prize of $1 million.
No.3 – BLUEFIN TUNA
These are Big Tuna species and amongst the most awesome pelagics getting around and are targetted by professional sportfishing charters and recreational fisherman the world over where they occur. There’s the Pacific, Southern and Atlantic sub-species so everyone should get a chance of bagging one. Both bluefin tunas’ can reach amazing speeds while hunting and have been clocked at up to 80km per hour and can grow to over 1800 pounds and 3.5 metres in length . The northern bluefin migrates across the Atlantic Ocean in only 50 days using the sun, electric fields, scents and currents to navigate. During these migrations they can cruise at high speeds using the dark muscle that is present in their flesh. These muscles are specific to this kind of swimming.
Ken Fraser and the all-tackle world record bluefin tuna. It weighed 1,496 lbs. and was caught off
Nova Scotia in 1979
No 2 – SAILFISH
These things are classed in the top 2 of the ultimate sports fish – if Marlin is the King then the Sailfish is the Crown Prince. This fish can get to 100km/h at top speed – imagine hooking a motorbike hitting that speed on a highway – insane speed.They are an ultra aggressive feeder on mainly small baitfish and squid and feeding starts with one sail free jumping in a circle to move the bait into a ball. Up to 20 or 30 fish then move in to have their fill and may use their bills to stun the prey.The average sailfish will live for 8 years but they have been known to live much longer and attain weights of 100kg.
All tackle World Record for the Sailfish stands at 221 lbs at Santa Cruz Island in Ecuador 1947 – another case of the real big fish being around 50 years ago.
No 1 – THE MARLIN
There is no argument in big game sportfishing who the king of the land is, and a big Marlin or Swordfish for most fisherman is the pinnacle of a fishing lifetime. The Atlantic Blue is the biggest subspecies getting to over 16ft in length and 1800lb in weight . The closely related Black Marlin doesn’t get quite as big but is just as awe inspiring when hooked.
Fisherman can fish for these big boys all over the world from the Bahamas to Spain to Australia and South Africa which makes this species a major winner and component of sport fishing charter business.
On Feb. 29, 1992, Paulo Amorium caught a record 1,402-pound, 2-ounce Atlantic blue marlin. He caught the giant fish off Vitoria, Brazil. The big marlin ate a pink-and-white Mold Craft Super Chugger lure.