Isla Parida, (PA)
The bluefin trevally (Caranx melampygus) can be caught in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They belong to the Jack family, like its larger cousin the giant trevally and the horse mackerel for example.
These magnificent predators have these typical electric blue fins and their sides are covered with beautiful black, brown and blue spots. Bluefin trevally can grow up to 1 m long and weigh up to 40 kg.
Bluefin trevally are very strong fighters and are caught bait fishing, spinfishing, popping, flyfishing or jigging. It is deffinitely one of the primier gamefish of the Indo-Pacific region.
Juveniles use to live in shallow tropical reef areas, bays and estuaries. Here, they feed on a wide range of small fish, cephalopods and sometimes crustaceans. Larger adult fish can also be found inshore, but generally speaking they prefer deeper coral reefs, outer reef slopes or near drop offs.
Bluefin trevally can be found from Japan to the northern coast of Australia, and from east Africa to French Polynesia, Hawaii, Panama and Mexico.
Famous for its runs, - which is why they're also called the torpedo of the flats - bonefish (Albula vulpes) are the fly fishing favorite. They inhabit inshore tropical waters in Florida, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Riviera Maya in Mexico, Belize, Venezuela and the Seychelles, for example. Bonefish can weigh up to 19 lb (8.6 kg) and measure up to 105 cm (41 in) long.
The Coral Trout (Plectropomus leopardus) also has a couple of other common names such Leopard Coral Grouper or Leopard Coral Trout. It is a close relation to fish from the grouper and coral cod families. They can grow to a length of 23 and 62 cm and the general average has been noted at around 40 cm.
Distributed throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, the Giant Trevally - also known as GT - (Caranx ignobilis) is the most wanted species for popping lovers. They can be 1,70 cm long and reach up to 80 kg (175 lb)!
The Crevalle Jack or Jack Crevalle (Caranx hippos) is a very popular sport fish that belongs to the Carangidae fish species. Horse mackerel, amberjack and giant trevally also belong to this family. Jack Crevalle can grow to a length of 120 cm and a weight of 30 kg.
The permit (Trachinotus falcatus) is a sought after fly fishing game fish. They are usually found in shallow tropical waters such as flats and channels of the Atlantic Ocean. Permit also frequent offshore wrecks. This species is distributed from Florida, Riviera Maya in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua all the way down to the Carribean Islands and Brazil. Permit can grow to about 4ft (1,2m) in length and weigh up to 27kg (60lbs).
Yellowfin tuna grow fast, up to 400 pounds (180kg) in about a 7-year lifespan, and they range in length from 59 inches to 88 inches long. They’re known for their torpedo shape, with a pointed nose and a sickle-shaped tail, and have dark blue backs with yellow sides (thus their name) with a silver underside.