Much like the triggerfish, the tilefish prefers to spend its time close to coral reefs. Compared to the swordfish, these sea dwellers are incredibly small and they retain a strong importance as food fish. Tilefish can be as small as four inches or as large as 49 inches. They tend to go by different names like “blanquillo” or “camotillo” depending on the country.
Tilefish have a dorsal and anal fin, the latter of which is identified by a few spines. They are typically found in shallow water and they are also known for creating burrows to use as shelter. Even when they aren’t creating burrows, tilefish prefer to spend their downtime in reef caves, within piles of rock, or in canyons. Their diet consists largely of crustaceans such as shrimp and crab, but they are also known for incorporating sea urchins, mollusks, and small fish as food sources. An exceptional eyesight is instrumental in helping the fish catch its prey.
With their preference for seeking shelter in caves, tilefish lead solitary lives depending on the species and they also like to stay close to the bottom. In fact, should the fish be approached it will dive headfirst into its burrow to protect itself. As another safety measure, the fish is also capable of changing its color to escape predators.
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There are over thirty unique species of triggerfish, a brightly colored sea dweller easily identified by its intriguingly colorful spots and lines. You’ll find them in the tropical and subtropical oceans of the world, typically spending their time close to the coral reefs.
Despite their eye-catching and innocent looking appearance, the triggerfish is not your average fish in the sea. They have powerfully sharp teeth that are used for crushing shells and they’ve also developed a reputation for being quite grumpy. To protect themselves from predators, the fish has two dorsal fins. The first one is kept in place by the second fin, and it’s only by depressing the second that the one first is “triggered”, hence why it’s called a triggerfish.
There are some species of triggerfish known for being extremely territorial and combative. The titan and Picasso species, for example, will aggressively defend their nests and they have no issue with sinking their teeth into humans that get too close. As a matter of fact, these fish will go toe-to-toe with other fish in a school should they feel threatened. With such an ill-tempered nature, the triggerfish sort of lives by a “survival of the fittest” code.
Considering their irritable nature, triggerfish are strong fighters on light tackle and on spinning rods. Inexperienced fishers using deep-sea fishing rods should be in for quite the surprise despite the fish’s small size.
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Most people might think of it as a canned food with a distinct aroma, but the tuna is also a fish, a saltwater one to be specific. The tuna and its sibling the mackerel are the only fish species capable of maintaining a body temperature that’s actually higher than that of the water it’s swimming in. Typically found in warm waters, the tuna is among the most commercially fished sea dwellers and maintains high popularity as a game fish.
There are over seven species of tuna, and they all lead nomadic lives, living for as long as thirty years in rare cases. These fish can grow to be quite long at more than six feet and they can weigh more than 500 pounds. If that seems large, consider that the largest tuna ever caught was over twenty feet long and weighed a whopping 1600 pounds!
As agile predators, the colors of a tuna’s body are perfectly suited for camouflage. Even though they are quite large, they are capable of zipping through the ocean waters at over sixty miles per hour. On top of that, the fish can also adjust the position of its pectoral and dorsal fin to improve acceleration and reduce drag, which aids greatly in catching prey. This prey consists of other fish like herring and mackerel as well as squid and crustaceans.
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Today we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the most recognizable sea dwellers: the swordfish. Also known as broadbills in some parts of the world, they are known for their size and their long, flat bill which resembles a sword. Among billfish, the swordfish is one of the most popular when it comes to sport fishing.
The swordfish is typically found in the warmer areas of Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, hanging out close to the surface. The fish can reach nearly ten feet in length, though there have been cases of fishermen catching swordfish as long as fifteen feet. Interestingly, when the fish reaches adulthood it will lose all of its teeth and scales. By this time, the swordfish can roam the ocean knowing it has few natural predators with the exception of killer whales, tunas, and sharks.
Despite their bills being referred to as swords and giving off the appearance of a sharp spear, the swordfish doesn’t actually use it to spear. Instead, the fish will use it to slash at prey, causing injury and therefore making it easier to catch. Even with its sharp bill, the swordfish relies more upon its incredible speed and agility when it comes to hunting and will reserve the use of the bill for larger prey.
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To find the bluefish, you’ll need to explore the world’s subtropical and temperate waters, except the northern Pacific Ocean which the fish does not inhabit. While we call it bluefish, it is also known as elf, shad, tailor, chopper, and anchoa in other parts of the world. The fish is also referred to by the even simpler name of “blue”.
The bluefish can be identified by its broad, forked tail. It is a highly popular game fish known for its fierce aggressiveness. Bluefish tend to range in size from the smaller “snapper” which is seven inches to much larger ones that can weigh over 35 pounds in some cases.
Take a close look at the bluefish and you’ll notice its razor sharp, single row of teeth resembling the edge of a knife. With its penchant for aggressiveness, it is also incredibly strong and can be seen as part of loose groups. They are also swift swimmers, using their sharp teeth and speed to prey on forage fish, attacking them in ferocious frenzies. As a matter of fact, the fish is so aggressive, there have been moments where the bluefish will consume its young, turning to cannibalism.
Knowing just how strong and fierce the bluefish can be, it is staunchly suggested to hold bluefish with extreme care as they can very easily bite someone’s hand and cause significant injury. There are stories galore of fishermen being bitten seriously. On that note, make sure you’re not in the water when schools of bluefish are feeding.
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To find the blacktip shark, all you need to do is explore the shallow waters and just offshore of Miami Beach and Miami. This sea dweller is easily recognized by its lengthy gill slits, pointy snout, the lack of ridges between the dorsal fins, and the black tip on the fin that gives the blacktip shark its fearsome name. The average blacktip shark is capable of reaching a length of over seven feet!
The Blacktip shark is considered energetic, swift, and they are also known for leaping out of the water in a spinning motion to munch down on schools of fish. Even with these abilities, the blacktip shark is considered “bashful” in demeanor. In fact, even though they look imposing in appearance, these sharks tend to be leery of humans. Do not underestimate them, however. If a human is close to a blacktip shark’s source of food, it is more than capable of dropping its wariness of humans. The shark will attack if necessary.
Because of their strong bodies, the blacktip shark will provide a sizeable challenge when it comes to catching them. With their size, catching them on spinning tackle will take some degree of experience and skill. Because of this, they are among the finest fighting fish in South Florida and will likely satisfy those who are ready to face the challenges these sharks are known for.
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The amberjack is often given the acronym of AJ. It is a fish that dwells in the warmer parts of the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. Although it’s known simply as amberjack, there is a surprisingly large amount of amberjacks swimming the ocean, including the greater amberjacks of the Atlantic to the lesser amberjacks, banded rudderfish. Yellowtail, and the Almaco jack.
As you might guess from the name, the greater amberjack is the largest type of amberjack. You can see its differences by the dark stripes extending from its nose to the dorsal fins and the fact that there are no scutes on the fish. These greater amberjacks weigh are about forty pounds and usually hang out in rocky reefs or close to debris.
Lesser amberjacks aren’t as large as their greater siblings, yet their eyes are proportionately larger and their bodies are deeper, interestingly enough. The lesser amberjack is identified by its olive-green to brownish-black color and its sides consisting of silver hues. They may weigh less than ten pounds, yet lesser amberjacks are fierce predators, and are usually spotted munching on crustaceans, squid, and other fish.
Speaking of fierce, fishermen of all skill levels will quickly notice the amberjack’s ability to put up a hefty fight. Broken lines are quite common among novice sport fishing Miami fishermen that underestimate the amberjack’s strength.
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The marlin is a fish comprising more than seven different species. Recognized by its long body, the bill resembling a spear, and its rigid dorsal fin, it’s one of the most easily recognizable sea dwellers. The generally held belief is its name comes from its strong resemblance to a marlinspike, a tool used by sailors in marine ropework. Like the sailfish, marlin are also known for being fast swimmers, capable of reaching speeds of up to fifty miles per hour.
It’s not unusual to see marlins propped up on the walls, but these fish often fail to depict how large they can be. The Atlantic blue marlin, for example, is the largest species of marlin, spanning just over sixteen feet in length and weighing more than 1,400 pounds. Considering how popular the marlin is when it comes to sport fishing Miami, they can easily prove to be a challenge even for experienced fishermen.
There are a couple of fun facts about marlin worth sharing. It may not be as visible as the brilliant colors of the mahi-mahi, but marlin are capable of changing the color of their stripes. Whenever they are courting or feeding, these stripes will illuminate into a distinct blue or lavender color. The fish also played a pivotal role in Ernest Hemingway’s classic 1952 novel The Old Man and the Sea.
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Sailfish are a type of billfish found dwelling in the warmer parts of the ocean around the world. They are characterized by their blue to gray color, their large dorsal fin called a sail and perhaps most notably, their elongated bill that makes them look similar to swordfish. In some fishing circles, they are referred to simply as billfish.
There are two types of sailfish called the Atlantic and the Indo-Pacific. Despite this, there is very little information when it comes to their DNA differences, so they tend to be grouped into a single species. Sailfish are known for their rapid growth. In a year, a sailfish can grow close to five feet in length. They’re typically found feeding close to the surface of the ocean or at middle depths, munching on squid or smaller forage fish. They are also recognized for their unbelievable jumps.
Although they generally don’t move that fast, sailfish can reach speeds of nearly fifty miles per hour, among the highest of any organism! Their large sails are usually folded to one side, but may appear raised should the fish feel excited or threatened, causing it to appear significantly larger than its actual size.
In addition to their speed and jumping ability, sailfish are also capable of rapidly changing its body color from its natural blue to yellow-like stripes. This incredible feat is done by the nervous system and is used to confuse its prey. Interestingly, it also serves as a communication method of sorts to inform fellow sailfish about its intentions.
Mahi-mahi (also known as common dolphinfish) is typically found hanging around the surface of the water. They are ray-finned fish, which means their fins are made of webs of skin supported by spines. Mahi-mahi are typically found in tropical and temperate waters, and they belong to the same family as the pompano dolphinfish. Their name is derived from the Hawaiian word for “very strong”.
While we call them mahi-mahi, the name of the fish tends to vary based on the language. Besides mahi-mahi, it also goes by the names of maverikos, dorado, rakingo, lampuga, and plenty more. If that weren’t confusing enough, these fish are not related to dolphins despite being called dolphinfish.
To identify male and female mahi-mahi, just take a look at their heads. Male fish have a forehead significantly protruding from their body while females have a more rounded head and are generally smaller than males. Collectively, these fish are known for their vivid array of colors, from gold on the sides to the iridescent blue of the pectoral fins. They have a lifespan of about five years.
Mahi-mahi is incredibly popular when it comes to activities like sport fishing Miami, largely due to their size, food quality, and their natural beauty. They can be found hanging out near floating debris or fish buoys. Wherever frigatebirds happen to be, chances are there also mahi-mahi lurking nearby as frigatebirds frequently dive for food near them. The United States and countries in the Caribbean are considered the primary consumers of mahi-mahi.