Go Fishing with Us and See if You Can Identify All the Fish You Catch!

By: J.P. Naomi
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About This Quiz

Calling all captains! Grab your 1st decks and let's head out to sea! It's time to see how well you can name some of the most south-after fish! And if you're gonna be a Barney, you may as well stay home. We're lookin' for some mighty fresh ones today! Are you up for the challenge? 

Ahhh, there sure ain't anything better than waking up before dawn, grabbing that cup of joe and heading out to the port. Onto the boat you go, and before you know it, you're cruisin' 30 miles per hour out from the shore to that hot spot... the place where you'll find the big ones! The bluefins, the sailfish, the yellowfins! You've been waiting for this moment; you want that photo finish! You know what we're talking about... that photo where you hold the fish up in glory after the end of a long day out on the water! Well, if that sounds like you, we promise you'll love this quiz! So what do you say? Think you have enough experience to name them all correctly? 

Come on now, don't be a chummer! Let's get this boat in motion and see what you've got! Good luck and remember, only true fishermen need apply!

Sport fishermen first encountered blue marlin in the Bahamas in the 1920s and early 1930s. They have since become one of the world's greatest game fishes, developing into a multimillion-dollar industry.

Redfish are readily available from the westernmost Gulf of Mexico to the mid-Atlantic states. They are quick to strike bait, lures, and flies, the largest of which was recorded near North Carolina at 94 pounds, 2 ounces!

The Atlantic tarpon is found on both sides of the Atlantic ocean. It is an air-breathing, chrome-plated jumper, and fighter! The all-tackle world record of 286 pounds and 9 ounces was taken off Guinea Bissau, Africa in 2003!

Mahimahi is considered one of the most popular offshore game fish, as well as one of the most popular table fare! These fish eat non-stop and grow up to 18 inches each year. The all-tackle-record 87-pounder was taken off Papagallo, Costa Rica, in 1976.

The largest bluefin are found in summer and fall off Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The world-record bluefin has remained unbroken since 1979, when Ken Fraser caught his 1,496-pounder off Nova Scotia!

Swordfish are found around the world in tropical and temperate seas. They love to bask at the surface of the sea, particularly in the waters off of Southern California. The world-record 1,182-pound swordfish came from the waters off Chile in 1953.

Did you know that Wahoo were built for speed? Many anglers believe that they are the fastest fish in the sea! Their average speed is 48 miles per hour!

Did you know that two Southern yellowtail tie for the all-tackle world record of 114 pounds, 10 ounces? Both fish were taken off northern New Zealand, one at White Island and the other out of Tauranga!

Did you know that bonefish are one of the most coveted trophies by anglers who fish in the flats? Both the Caribbean and the Florida Keys are the places to be when fishing for bonefish!

Yellowfin tuna are very popular across the world! Did you know that in 2010, 558,761 metric tons of yellowfin tuna were caught in the western and central Pacific Ocean?!

Holy Mackerel! Known widely as just "kingfish," these fish are found from the mid-Atlantic through the Gulf and the Caribbean down to Brazil. Commonly 10-30 pounds, the all-tackle record is 93 pounds caught near San Juan, Puerto Rico!

The mako shark is regarded as the fastest shark. It can turn on a dime and also can jump... more than 20 feet into the air! The all-tackle record mako was caught in 2001 off the coast of Massachusetts and weighed 1,221 pounds.

Black marlins are found only in the Pacific and Indian oceans. They are known to prowl shallow banks and near-coastal waters. The largest black marlin caught to date was recorded in 1953 in Cabo Blanco, Peru!

Striped marlin is found mainly off of southeastern Baja each fall. If you're looking for really big ones, though, head to New Zealand where the 494-pound world record striped was found in 1986!

Sailfish are found in the Pacific and Indian oceans. The fishery off Guatemala is known to be a leading sailfishery in the world, with some charter boats enjoying dozens of shots in a day. Malaysia has also been enjoying bountiful numbers.

Did you know that white marlins are the smallest of the Atlantic marlins? They weigh between 50-70 pounds, but the largest on record was 181 pounds - caught off the coast of Vitoria, Brazil!

What can we say, Atlantic sailfish are easy to catch! They are known to readily take bait and not only that, but their good looks make for a great photo op when the day is done!

The Atlantic snook has an underslung jaw and dark lateral-line stripe that make it hard to mistake for anything else. A 53-pound, 10 ounce Atlantic snook, found near Coasta Rica, has held as the all-tackle world record since 1978.

Permit are a favorite target of fly-fishermen. If you're looking to catch one, you might consider a live crab or half-crab for bait... permit love to eat crustaceans!

Roosters are unique to the eastern Pacific, where they are caught from Baja into northern South America. They can put up a fight once they are hooked... but for fishermen, that's part of the excitement!

Also known as King salmon, the Chinook salmon are the largest of the six Pacific salmon species. They are one of the world's most valuable species both commercially and recreationally - ranging from central California to northern Alaska.

Coho salmon are more abundant than Chinook salmon, and they qualify as one of the world’s great light-tackle gamesters. The all-tackle record came from the Salmon River in New York in 1989, weighing 33 pounds, 4 ounces.

Found mainly in northern Australia, King threadfin live in muddy, silty intertidal waters, where they use their characteristic long filamentous feelers beneath their throat to sense prey. They readily strike lures and bait!

The Pacific snook is known for its aerial acrobatics! They are found from Baja to Peru and the largest caught on record was 59-pounds, 8 ounces!

Spearfish are categorized into the shortbill and the longbill species. Did you know that they are seldom targeted because they’re are not often found in numbers? They’re typically caught by accident!

Giant trevally, or GT for short are known for being one of the most challenging fish to reel in! They are found predominantly in the western tropical Pacific and Indian oceans.

Barra, as they are called for short, are found around the upper half of Australia and north through much of tropical Asia. In Australia, they are the number one inshore game fish.

Queenies, as they are nicknamed, inhabit lagoons and shallow reefs, preferring clear waters, and can be found widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific region. Australians actually use them as black marlin bait!

Albacore are sometimes referred to as "longfin tuna". They are marketed commercially for their very white flesh and can be found in sandwiches across America every day!

The all-tackle world-record thresher was caught out of Bay of Islands in northern New Zealand in 1983. This shark weighed 767 pounds, 3 ounces!

Blacktip sharks are found around the globe in tropical and temperate waters. They live anywhere from muddy waters to clear coral reefs! The largest one caught on record was 270 pounds and 9 ounces near Malindi Bay in Kenya.

At first glance, many fishermen think that a Cobia is a shark, but in fact it is its own species! They are tough fighters, but make for enjoyable eating once caught!

Did you know that California yellowtail are typically 15-30 pounds? Try telling that to the all-tackle record holder who caught one in 2009 off of the coast of Japan... that one weighed in at 109 pounds, 2 ounces!

The dogtooth tuna gets its name from its mouthful of dagger-like teeth! They are found throughout the Indo-Pacific region, the largest being found near Tanzania in 2015... 236 pounds, 15 ounces!

Opah are found worldwide in tropical to temperate waters and are occasionally caught in the Hawaiian Islands, as well as off California and Baja. They have orange flesh and are renowned for eating as well!

The interesting anatomy of these fish tend to make hooking them a challenge! They do love crustaceans though, so that's your best bet if you're heading out to tackle one!

If you're a fly-rodder or popper enthusiast, you might get a kick out of these tuna... they sure to put up a good fight frenzy when hooked! They can also swim as fast as 40 miles per hour!

There aren't many fish quite like a tripletail! Nicknamed 'trips,' they hit hard when they strike and can run and jump from the water like you wouldn't expect! The largest on record was caught near South Africa in 1989 weighing in at 42 pounds and 5 ounces.

Striper is one of the few "all-American" game fish! They are widely important to the industry along the eastern coast of the United States from Maine down to Florida!

Leerfish is found solely in the Mediterranean and tropical eastern Atlantic ocean. They migrate seasonally and are known for their stamina and fight once hooked!

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