Which fish do US marine anglers catch most?

Recorded at the Aquarium Kaiyukan in Osaka in Japan, this video clip shows one of the tanks ‘Pacific Ocean’ which contained: “Whale shark, Manta Ray, Bluefin tuna, Whitetip reef shark, Chub Mackerel, Horse-eye jack and Snub-nosed dart”.

From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the USA:

Marine recreational anglers caught more than 37 million spotted seatrout in 2006, according to new data included in “Fisheries of the United States – 2006”, a report issued this week by NOAA Fisheries Service.

Spotted seatrout was the most popular catch among marine recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico. The top catches in other regions were striped bass (North Atlantic), summer flounder (Mid-Atlantic), spot (South Atlantic), chub mackerel (Pacific), black rockfish (Pacific Northwest), and yellowstripe goatfish (Western Pacific).

The same 2007 NOAA Fisheries Service report showed the 2006 catch of 475 million fish was up 11 percent over last year and marked the highest recreational catch total in the last ten years. Overall harvest levels also increased, nosing up 18 percent to nearly 214 million fish. While anglers are keeping about 20 percent more fish than a decade ago, they are also releasing their catch more often. Of the 475 million fish caught by anglers in 2006, 262 million (55 percent) were released alive.

Recreational fishing continues to be one of the most popular outdoor sports. In 2006, more than 13 million Americans fished along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts, roughly the same number as 2005.

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  1. Looking for a Fishing World Record? Come and try Costa Rica!!

    Costa Rica is an angler’s dream come true! Costa Rica is home to some of the best sportfishing and deep sea fishing in the world, with over 89 world records to its credit. The country’s Pacific ports and beach resorts provide access to some the best deep sea fishing in the world, while the canals and rivers of the northern Atlantic coast feature world-class snook and tarpon fishing.
    Billfish is the country’s biggest attractions. Plenty of sailfish and marlin off the Pacific coast, but the fishermen also hook plenty of other feisty fighters, such as wahoo and roosterfish. Though deep sea fishing is the country’s forte, there are also great fresh water fishing in Lake Arenal and the larger rivers in the Northern Zone. Where anglers can fight with the small but ornery guapote(a hump-backed fish also known as the rainbow bass). Giant marlin, sailfish beyond number; high jumping tarpon, record closs snook an a dozen or more hard hitting fresh water species…
    It is possible to enjoy it all on a single visit. Perhaps with a day of white water rafting, volcano or rain forest Tour.

    What To Fish

    Marlin – August through December is peak season, but an occasional blue or black may be taken any month if the water temperature is right. This year, the marlin activity was incredible between February and March, with some weighing in at over 600 pounds.

    Sailfish – Exceptional fishing from December through April. Often slows from May into early June, then picks up again and begins to peak in August or September.

    Yellow Fin Tuna – best fishing for the bigger ones corresponds with marlin and sailfish season, but the schools of footballs can nearly always be found around Cano Island and farther outside.

    Dorado – best runs are traditionally from late May through October.

    Wahoo – not abundant, but an occasional Wahoo may be taken any time. Can be caught between May and October while trolling for sailfish.

    Roosterfish – the region has big roosters and they can be caught virtually any month of the year. Some weigh nearly 100 pounds but they average between 6 – 30 pounds.

    Snook – almost all year round, but best from May through August and January though March.

    Other Species – the Horse-eye Jacks, Jack Crevalle, Amber Jack, Spanish Mackerel, Dog Tooth Snapper, Motton Snapper are here year round.


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