The saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ is used so much that it has lost its effectiveness in delivering its moral lesson. This desensitising and cliched expression needs to be tied to an anchor and cut loose into the nothingness. Our planet is undergoing some changes brought on by the collective drive of humanity and this affecting the world’s oceans. It makes sense to preserve our foe for future battles. There’s no shame in being considerate and adopting a policy that ensures preservation for future generations.
Have a look at some of the most prized catches for saltwater anglers below, and perhaps if you ever encounter one or more of them, snap a picture, and mount that on your wall!
Marlins are considered to be some of the hardest fish in the world to catch, and Black Marlins specifically are the most elusive of the family. They pack a punch in the fight, and you should approach them with heavy tackle. They spend their days usually around ocean shelves close to land mass and can grow up to 500kg. Black marlin can be found in tropical seas throughout the world and was dubbed the fastest fish on the planet in the BBC documentary series ‘Ultimate Killers’.
Close cousins of the black marlin, blue’s are known to be just as fast and hard to catch. Blue Marlins, on the other hand, are highly migratory – you can find them at times located near remote islands in search of food and landing one is one of angling’s most significant challenges. The world record catch for the Atlantic Ocean is 635kg. If you ever get one of these on the hook, you’re in for an incredible display of raw power!
Sailfish can reach up to 109km/h in a straight run and is known as an apex predator and one of the fastest fish in the oceans. The fishing techniques used when pursuing the sailfish include trolling with strip baits, feathers and spoons and also live baiting and kite fishing. The most massive sailfish ever caught, as recorded by the IGFA is the one landed by Carl Stewart in 1947 from the waters of Ecuador, the fish weighed a whopping 100 kg.
A little larger than its yellow cousin, the bluefin is considered the king of the tuna! Hook up with one of these bad boys, and you’re in for an exhilarating fight, one that the tuna will not give into easily. They’re known for their depth-bomb plummets once they’re hooked. It’s a battle of strength and will as they have the stamina, weight and body type to give you a real fight. The world-record bluefin remains unbroken since 1979 when Ken Fraser caught his 1,496-pounder off Nova Scotia.
The Wahoo is designed for speed and is up there with the fastest fish in the ocean pound for pound. They usually cruise near the surface looking for food and can be caught trolling lures at high speeds. They can be found around the world in tropical/ warm seas and sometimes travel in packs. Their narrow torpedo-shaped bodies and white flesh make them prized the world over. The Wahoo is a great fish to try and catch on medium tackle.
The Dorado has many aliases; In Hawaii, they’re called mahi-mahi or dolphin fish. They’re some of the most beautiful fish in the world with their green, gold, and yellow colour, and they’re also known for their incredible speed and ability to jump when on the hook. Dorado can be found around the world and can be caught by sight on light or medium tackle. The largest Dorado caught was the one that weighed 39 kg caught in Costa Rica by Manuel Salazar in 1976.
All 25 fish that are part of the Trevally family are fierce fighters on the hook. Commonly known as the GT, these great fish attract thousands of anglers from around the world to the ocean in a bid to get one on the boat. Fishing with a locked-down drag will help stop these fish from getting away. The largest Trevally caught on record is the one caught by Keiki Hamasaki in 2006 from Kagoshima, Japan. The GT weighed over 72 kg.
Strong, explosive, large, these are just some of the descriptive words one can use when talking about the world-renowned yellowfin tuna. Seen on many of the popular fishing series on channels such as Discovery and National Geographic, the yellowfin is well known as a valuable catch for commercial fishers the world over. They are caught using trolling with small bait like squid and other small fish. Artificial lures and strip baits can also be used.
Couta, or more commonly known in South Africa as king mackerel is a predatory fish, which uses sight and vibration to catch its prey. They are known as fast swimmers, reaching 20km/h over short bursts and are fun to try and catch. Couta usually moves in shoals, but the biggest of the species like to hunt alone. Local populations of Couta spend summer off of the KZN coast and migrate towards Mozambique during winter.
Swordfish live in tropical and temperate seas around the world and is one of the most amazing predators in our oceans. The world-record broadbill, a 1,182-pound monster, came from the waters off Chile in 1953. The usual methods used in catching Swordfish are trolling and deep drifting with baits like squids. These predatory fish are usually found in the deep waters, however; they tend to swim to the surface for their night hunts when anglers often troll them out.