How Well Do You Know Your Sporting Fish?

By: Becky Stigall

How Well Do You Know Your Sporting Fish?
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About This Quiz

We're not talking about fish fingers and custard here, just some good old fishing fun! Test your expertise at guessing each of these sporting fish varieties.
Which tropical tuna may be marketed as ahi?
Yellowfin
Yellowfin tuna are common in tropical waters. One 3-ounce serving has 110 calories.
Crappie
Seafood
Cod

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What tropical fish is a favorite of anglers in Hawaii?
Ono
Ono is also called wahoo. It is known for its speed and independence.
Walleye
Trout
Crappie

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Which of the following fish is a prize for many anglers?
Walleye
Catfish
Marlin
Marlin are sought-after adventures for many sport fishermen. Blue marlin are the favorite.
Crappie

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Which of the following angler favorites is common in the Atlantic Ocean?
Walleye
Crappie
Sailfish
Atlantic sailfish feed on tuna and mackerel, as well as other fish. Many exceed 120 pounds.
Perch

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Which of the following fish may be referred to as "Spaniards"?
Trout
Walleye
Tuna
Narrow-barred Mackerel
Narrow-barred mackerel are classified as near threatened. They're found in the Indo-West Pacific.

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What fly fishing favorite is common in Florida?
Tuna
Crappie
Bonefish
Bonefish are a fly-fishing favorite. They are released more often than eaten.
Catfish

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Which of the following is known for its tendency to put up a fight?
Crappie
Bluefin Trevally
Bluefin trevally are known for their aggression when tackling bait. They may grow as large as 100 pounds.
Walleye
Shrimp

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Which of the following tropical fish is popular for commercial and sport fishermen?
Catfish
Walleye
Striped marlin
Striped marlin often slashes rather than spears its prey. One record fish weighed in at 420 pounds.
Crappie

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Which of the following is a name for the common dolphinfish?
Cod
Tuna
Mahi-Mahi
Mahi-Mahi is a warm-water fish. It can grow as long as 5 feet.
Crappie

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Which of the following is a popular freshwater game fish?
Shark
Largemouth Bass
The largemouth bass is a popular freshwater game fish. Adults weigh about 12 pounds.
Swordfish
Sailfish

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What protected fish is common in the Northwest?
Tuna
Walleye
Lobster
White Sturgeon
White Sturgeon are the largest freshwater fish in North America. They are bottom feeders.

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Which "feline" fish is often referred to as a bottom-feeder?
Catfish
Many catfish are nocturnal. Some species can grow as large as 370 pounds.
Walleye
Crappie
Tuna

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Which of the following billfish is coveted by many saltwater anglers?
Swordfish
Swordfish are known as broadbills in some areas. Did you know that one 3-ounce serving of cooked swordfish has 146 calories?
Carp
Trout
Walleye

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Which ferocious fish is the subject of a song by Heart?
Tuna
Shark
Barracuda
"Barracuda," the song, was released in 1977. The fish can swim up to 27 miles per hour.
Swordfish

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Which of the following saltwater species is important to both commercial and game fishermen?
Walleye
Cubera Snapper
Cubera Snapper mostly grow to be about three feet long. They often feed on fish, shrimp and crab.
Crappie
Perch

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Which variety of bass may be called "spotty"?
Crappie
Spotted Bass
Spotted bass may also be called spots. They are a freshwater favorite.
Tuna
Sharkfin

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Which bass variety is a favorite for the dinner table?
Smallmouth
Smallmouth bass are typically brown with red eyes. They are desirable for the dinner table.
Walleye
Tuna
Shark

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Which of the following oddly-named angler favorites may be found in tropical waters?
Shark
Bluefish
Jack Crevalle
Jack Crevalle are not particularly edible. They are often found in schools.
Tuna

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Which rockfish is a fillet fave?
Shark
Striped Bass
Striped bass boast a lean 110 calories per 4-ounce serving. Adults may weigh in at nearly 70 pounds.
Swordfish
Sailfish

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Which tropical tuna is nearing endangered status?
Albacore
Albacore are also known as longfin tuna. Adults often weigh more than 73 pounds.
Crappie
Catfish
Walleye

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Which of the following is popular in the Southern United States?
Walleye
Tuna
Coldfish
Red Drum
Red Drum may also be referred to as redfish. They are labeled as gamefish only.

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Which often-farmed fish spends time in both fresh and salt water?
Tuna
Carp
Walleye
Salmon
Salmon are born in fresh water and lay eggs in fresh water. Some species live their entire lives in fresh water; others migrate to salt water after birth.

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What angler favorite has an entire week dedicated to it on cable television?
Walleye
Shark
Shark Week is a favorite of television viewers. Sharks can live up to 30 years in the wild.
Cod
Crappie

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What striped game fish are found all along the U.S. eastern coast?
Striped Bass
Striped bass are found as far north as Nova Scotia. They are also found on the West Coast. Wild striped bass has a less mild flavor than farmed.
Striped Walleye
Striped Tuna
Striped Cod

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Which angler favorite may be found from California to Peru?
Roosterfish
Roosterfish may weigh over 110 pounds, but average is about 20 pounds. It is not popular as a food fish.
Carp
Walleye
Salmon

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Which surface fish makes a great dinner for lucky anglers?
Catfish
Tripletail
Tripletail is a saltwater fish. It floats on its side at the surface, appearing to be dead. It is known as a tasty favorite.
Shrimp
Crappie

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Which saltwater jackfish may be called a garrick?
Catfish
Leerfish
Leerfish are common to the Mediterranean. They can be caught with live bait or lures, and some people like to eat them.
Bluefish
Shark

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Which of the following is referred to as a giant porgie?
Bluegill
Lobster
Bessie
Red Steenbras
Red Steenbras may grow to be over 100 pounds. They live off the coast of Africa.

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Which of the following fish may also be called crabeater?
Cobia
Cobia dine frequently on crabs, hence the name. They may weigh more than 100 pounds, but average is about 15 pounds.
Crappie
Crabbie
Shark

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Which of the following is known as Australian salmon?
Catfish
Salmon
Shark
Kahawai
Kahawai are known to be fighters. These fish average about four pounds.

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What bass fish is found in the western Pacific?
Bass
Orca
Shark
Barramundi
Barramundi are found in the Indo-West Pacific region. Barramundi are also often called Asian sea bass.

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Which of the following fish has a name that is a catch-all for a number of species?
Walleye
Crappie
Shrimp
Cod
Cod fish are of the genus Gadus. Cod is a good protein source, but with less omega-3 than salmon.

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What saltwater fish is popular for anglers and for dinner?
Shark
Swordfish
Tuna
Tuna is a member of the mackerel family. Atlantic bluefin tuna typically weighs about 830 pounds, but it can grow much larger.
Whale

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Which of the following fisherman faves is the state fish of Oklahoma?
White bass
White bass are common in the U.S. Midwest. They spawn from March to May.
Crappie
Walleye
Catfish

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Which angler dream is a mid-ocean dweller?
Opah
Opah may grow to weigh over 300 pounds. They are rarely caught because they are not surface dwellers.
Walleye
Tuna
Bluefin

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