Year-Round Offshore Species Search
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From Marlin to Wahoo to Tuna to Mackerel, stay alert and aware of when and where to drop your lines.
Distinguished by its long dorsal fin, the Atlantic sailfish is one of the most magnificent creatures in the ocean. Their colors change depending on their mood and levels of excitement. Atlantic sailfish weigh up to 127 lbs.
The blacktip shark can reach up to 8 feet and weigh up to 220 lbs. Often spotted above the water, the blacktip shark leaps, rotates and splashes on the ocean surface. It mainly feeds on stingrays, skates, squid and crustaceans. It is considered a nearly threatened species because it’s a target for good-tasting meat and its fins, used to make shark fin soup.
The bluefin tuna is the largest tuna in existence, built like torpedos and designed for speed. Bluefin tuna use their sharp eyesight to hunt for food, having the best vision of any bony fish. As the top predator in the ocean’s food chain, they play a large role in the marine environment. The bluefin tuna is a highly desired delicacy for Asian sushi and sashimi, sometimes selling for over a million dollars.
The blue marlin is one of our ocean’s quickest, strongest predators roaming the waters. As one of the largest species of bony fish, the blue marlin can weigh 1800 lbs or more, and can measure longer than 16 feet. Always on the move, blue marlin tags have been documented showing migration between oceans. The blue marlin is almost solely classified as game fish, hardly ever targeted commercially.
The bull shark is one of the few sharks able to survive in both saltwater and freshwater, having a ‘super kidney’ that can remove large amounts of salty compounds from its bloodstream. A bull shark can weigh up to 500 lbs and reach lengths of 12 feet.
The cobia is a long fish with a dark stripe running along the side of its body. It usually measures three to four feet long, and weighs over 50 pounds. It also has sharp spines that run along the front side of its dorsal fin, so be careful if you reel one in! A cobia eats mostly crabs and shrimp, but is known to snack on squid and smaller fish.
The dolphin fish has many names, some of which include Mahi-Mahi and Dorado. With bright, beautiful vibrant colors, the dolphin is an incredible sight right after it’s pulled out of the water. Hunting mainly small fish, squids, and crustaceans, the dolphin is a skilled swimmer. The dolphin is constantly fished by recreational and commercial fishermen, but the high reproduction rate among the species has maintained its population.
Living between 25 and 35 years, the hammerhead shark is known for (aside from its evident hammer-shaped head) making sudden and sharp turns. The hammer-shape acts as an organ of balance, but its body is also designed to twist and bend, making it a good fight on the other side of the fishing line! The hammerhead shark is not a huge threat to humans, but unfortunately humans are a threat to the hammerhead shark. Its fins are considered delicacy in many countries, so fishermen have been known to remove the fin and release the shark back into the waters. The hammerhead shark then dies, unable to swim without its fins.
Growing up to over 5 feet and 100 lbs, king mackerel feed mainly on fish, squid, and shrimp. King mackerel can be found in the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Brazil. With iron-grey sides and silver colors along its side and belly, the king mackerel can live for more than 20 years!
Fast and furious, the mako shark is known for its speed (it’s the fastest shark on Earth) and recognized for its danger. Along with a powerful caudal fin and extremely large, sharp teeth, it has the ability to attack humans and jump into fishing boats. As a carnivorous animal feeding on numerous species of fish, its favorite food is the Atlantic bluefish.
Found in warm temperature waters throughout the world, the swordfish is a long, scaleless fish. It uses its tall dorsal fin and long sword extending from its snout to slash at prey fish. Strangely enough, the swordfish does not have pelvic fins or teeth. The maximum length is about 15 feet, and the maximum weight is about 1,000 lbs.
The wahoo is famous for both their excitement and fight on the line and their delicious taste when cooked. Found in salt water across the globe, their abundant presence has made them intriguing to both scientists and fishermen. Known to mainly eat squid, the wahoo will ultimately eat anything that can fit into its mouth.
The white marlin is a species of billfish which lives in deep waters throughout the Atlantic. It is known as the most cautious predator within the marlin family, making it one of the most difficult bites. The white marlin, despite the name, is not white. Rather, it is slightly lighter in color than the other marlins and contains an underlying green tint. The white marlin is noticeably smaller than the blue marlin.
Shaped like a torpedo, the yellowfin tuna glistens underwater with dark, metallic colors of blue and yellow. Typically, yellowfin tuna live between six and seven years. It is a highly migratory fish, found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Yellowfin tuna are known for forming schools with other tuna, and associate with dolphins.