South Florida's warm offshore waters offer a variety of trophy game fish. Here are some of the florida game fish that may end up on your fishing line:
The largest billfish trophy. It is not uncommon to see this huge fish (up to 1800 lbs.) heave itself skyward in a seemingly inexhaustible display of strength.
This beautiful billfish has the largest dorsal fin, resembling a sail. This fish is noted for its fighting ability and often spends as much of the battle in the air as in the water.
Wahoo is a gamefish known for its long hard runs at speeds up to 60 mph. Because of the limited number of wahoo caught, it is considered a trophy fish.
The Barracuda, nicknamed the "Tiger of the Sea", is an inquisitive, aggressive predator. It is found offshore and inshore wherever smaller fish are to be found. Inshore it provides the angler with an aerial display, often jumping out of the water at heights of two to three times its own length.
What the Amberjack may lack in long runs and jumping is easily overlooked by its super strength. The pull of this fish is a sheer delight to the angler and this fish makes a beautiful trophy. The gold and purple vary from locale to locale.
|Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) (Dorado)
Found in warm waters worldwide, the Dolphin is among the most colorful of the gamefish. Its hard fighting and gold-green and blue colors makes this fish most popular. The male has a very distinctive blunt head.
|Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi)
This member of the tuna family, although not the largest, is among the world's hardest running fish. It attains weights in excess of 200 lbs. A long battle can be expected from this freight train.
This shark is probably the most easily identified by the hammer-like head. The hammerhead has two species with slight variations in fins and head shape. Hammerheads provide an extremely hard fighting battle, and when finally brought to the boat will make several more runs taking the line you worked hard to get.