FISHING @ PLAYA COYOTE
BLUE MARLIN (source: national geografic)
The strikingly beautiful blue marlin is the largest of the Atlantic marlins and one of the biggest fish in the world.
Females, which are significantly larger than males, can reach 14 feet in length and weigh more than 1,985 pounds. Average sizes tend to be in the range of 11 feet and 200 to 400 pounds.
Coloring and Characteristics
Native to the tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, blue marlins are among the most recognizable of all fish. They are cobalt-blue on top and silvery-white below, with a pronounced dorsal fin and a long, lethal, spear-shaped upper jaw.
Habitat and Diet
They are so-called blue-water fish, spending most of their lives far out at sea. They are also highly migratory, and will follow warm ocean currents for hundreds and even thousands of miles.
Blue marlins prefer the higher temperature of surface waters, feeding on mackerel and tuna, but will also dive deep to eat squid. They are among the fastest fish in the ocean, and use their spears to slash through dense schools, returning to eat their stunned and wounded victims.
Commercial and Sport Fishing
Known for putting up a tremendous fight when hooked, these rare marine monsters are the holy grail for sport fishers. Their meat is considered a delicacy, particularly in Japan, where it is served raw as sashimi. Although not currently endangered, conservationists worry that they are being unsustainably fished, particularly in the Atlantic.
BLACK MARLIN (source: national geografic)
Making the list of the ten fastest animals in the world is the speedy Black Marlin. It is the fastest fish in the world and can swim faster than the incredibly fast cheetah can run. This fish can reach amazing speeds of up to 80 miles per hour (129 km/h) which is estimated by the speed in which they can unwind a fishing line once hooked. Its size and speed make it one of the most sought after fish for sports fisherman.
SAILFISH (source: national geografic)
They are blue to gray in color with white underbellies. They get their name from their spectacular dorsal fin that stretches nearly the length of their body and is much higher than their bodies are thick.
They are members of the billfish family, and as such, have an upper jaw that juts out well beyond their lower jaw and forms a distinctive spear. They are found near the ocean surface usually far from land feeding on schools of smaller fish like sardines and anchovies, which they often shepherd with their sails, making them easy prey. They also feast on squid and octopus.
Their meat is fairly tough and not widely eaten, but they are prized as game fish. These powerful, streamlined beasts can grow to more than 10 feet and weigh up to 220 pounds. When hooked, they will fight vigorously, leaping and diving repeatedly, and sometimes taking hours to land.
Yellowfin are a mid-sized tuna species and are distinguished, as their name suggests by their yellow fins. They are bigger than Albacore and skipjack but smaller than the famed bluefin. They are a highly migratory fish that roams all the world’s oceans in tropical and subtropical zones.
Yellowfin have a metallic, dark blue back and yellow to silver belly. Their dorsal and anal fins and finlets are bright yellow and they have streamlined, torpedo-shaped bodies adapted to fast and continuous swimming. Yellowfin has a mild, meaty flavour and bright red meat that turns brown to grayish-tan when cooked. Yellowfin is often served raw as sashimi and in sushi.
Yellowfin grow quick with a life span of only six to seven years. They begin to reproduce when they reach the age of two. The species is very productive, spawning throughout the year in tropical waters and seasonally at higher latitudes. Females can spawn almost daily, releasing millions of eggs each time. Their most productive spawning periods are in the spring and fall. Females release their eggs near the sea surface where they are fertilized. Juvenile yellowfin stay close to the surface, but move into deeper water as they mature. They are also known to gather around drifting flotsam (natural floating debris), anchored buoys, whales and other large marine mammals. They are at the top of the food chain and feed on other fish, squid and crustaceans.
The dolphinfish (also known as the Mahi-mahi) is a large fish that can be found in warm tropical climates.
Despite the name “dolphinfish” this fish is not related to the dolphin family at all and are not marine mammals, they are fish and like most fish they are cold-blooded, produce eggs and breathe using gills.
One common theory as to why these fish are referred to as “dolphinfish” has to do with the fact that these fish are quite large in size (about the size of a small dolphin), however it has been quite difficult to pin-point the origin of this name.
Recently these fish have taken on their respective names “Mahi-mahi” and “pompano” to avoid confusion with the cetacean species, which the marine mammal dolphins are a part of.
In terms of size the dolphinfish can reach lengths of up to 4 ½ ft and weigh up to 40 lbs (15 – 30 lbs on average).
These ray-finned fish vary in color from blue and green to yellow and brown with multiple shades running from the top of their body to the bottom.
They have a long dorsal fin which runs from the head to the lower back and a tall but narrow shaped body.
Male and female dolphinfish can be easily distinguished by the shape of their head.
Male dolphinfish have pronounced heads with an obtrusive forehead, while female dolphin fish have rounded heads.
Like other vertebrae fish these fish swim in a horizontal snake-like fashion as compared to cetaceans that swim with a vertical movement by arching their backs and tails.
The Mahi-mahi dolphinfish makes up one of two fish within the Coryphaenidae family; the other fish is the pompano dolphinfish.
These off-shore fish prefer deep reefs or rocky banks int he Western Atlantic. They’re a dark pink-red, fading to pale underbelly, and younger, smaller fish sometimes have a dark spot high on their sides. They are classically almond-shaped, with red eyes, and dorsal and anal fins that taper to points near the caudal fin. Generally they grow to 24 inches long, but some have been caught as big as 39 inches and 20 pounds.
English language common names include northern red snapper, sow snapper, rat snapper, mule snapper, chicken snapper, gulf red snapper, american red snapper, caribbean red snapper, pensacola red snapper, mexican red snapper, red snapper, mutton snapper, and bream. Other common names are acara aya (Spanish), boca negra (Papiamento), chillo (Spanish), cora (Papiamento), huachinango del golfo (Spanish), luciano-do-golfo (Portuguese), pargre fine (French), pargo (Papiamento), pargo colorado (Spanish), pargo del golfo (Spanish), pargo guachinango (Spanish), parge real (Spanish), roodvis (Dutch), sarde rouge (French), vermelho (Portuguese), vivaneau campeche (French), vivanot jolle-bleu (French).
The wahoo is a fish known commonly throughout the world, for both its fame as a gaming fish and its immaculate taste when it’s cooked. There is much to know about these fish even though they’re common; in fact, their commonality across the globe is currently why scientists are researching more deeply into them.
The wahoo species of fish can be found in salt water in the tropic and sub-tropic areas of the world. Their abundance worldwide has made them a target for both scientists and commercial fisherman alike. Even gaming fisherman choose to go after this distinct family of fish for the skill necessary to catch one and the excellent flavor they produce as a dish.
Wahoo are a medium-sized species of fish; they can grow up to around 8 feet long and the largest to ever be caught on a line weighed 158.5 pounds. Some experts estimate the wahoo can reach a maximum size of about 200 pounds, though there are no specimens yet to prove it.
This species of fish is generally prefers a solitary environment, but it is also common to find them in small schools. In pristine conditions, some of their schools have been known to reach up to around 100 fish, but it is a rare occurrence.
Another reason this fish is targeted for sport is its great speed and strength. The wahoo has been known to reach swimming speeds of about 60 miles per hour, they’re aggressive, and have razor sharp teeth. The wahoo also possesses bladelike fins that help propel it through the water; the wahoo is one of the fastest known fish in the world.
Wahoo is often mistaken for biologically related fish such as the mackerel because of the similarities, though there are more noticeable differences between the wahoo and mackerel. The difference between the king mackerel and narrow barred Spanish mackerel to the wahoo is a patch of skin that covers the mouth while it is closed. The mandible is also not showing on the wahoo unlike the king, spanish, and cero mackerel.
The wahoo variety of fish is known to mainly eat squid, but it will eat any other type of fish or animal that it can fit into its mouth. They never go too far out from land and are generally a by catch in most salt water commercial fisheries, especially those where tuna, billfish, and dolphins are located.
The Rooster Fish (Nemtistius pectorals) is a hard fighting prized trophy fish and is easily identified by the rooster-like comb on its head.
This “Mohawk” is actually seven long threadlike dorsal spines that stand erect when the fish feels threatened or excited. This fish is mainly found in Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama and in the eastern Pacific Ocean from Baja California to Peru.
The roosterfish has an unusual arrangement of its ears: the swim bladder penetrates the brain through the large foramina and makes contact with the inner ear. It uses its swim bladder to amplify sounds. Rooster fish can reach over 4 feet (1.2 meters) in length and even though the average weight of the fish hooked is about 20 pounds, some can grow to over 100 pounds (45 kg). It is a popular game fish, but like most fish in the jack family (besides the amberjack and California yellowtail) it is not considered a good eating fish.
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