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The Fish Species of the Florida Keys.

 The large diversity of fish species that lives in the waters of the Straits of Florida, around the Florida Keys is the reason why these islands are regarded as an "Anglers Paradise" and Islamorada was nick named the "Fishing Capital of the World" by the International Game Fishing Association.

The big fish?..The open sea fish of the deep waters that also lives near the surface, big size predator fish that occasionally swims inshore to hunt for the smaller fish. These are scientifically known as "Pelagic Fish", these species of fish are the pride of the big league anglers, even though that any type of fish, an just about any catch that you can think of in this waters requires some degree of effort, patience and perseverance on the side of the angler.

Big game fishing for White Marlin.

Marlin Big Game Sport Fishing.

But when you set ashore and your catch is a big marlin that raises eye brows because of its large size, and they see that almost does not fit inside of the fishing boat, everyone and just about everyone has to say..WOW! You're a champ!

The Billfish

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Billfish of the World
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These are the gigantic tropical waters big game fish with the elongated and very dangerous spear like long pointed bills, beaks, rostrums, snout or jaws, (normally used to sting pray) and the big dorsal fins. The billfish often reaches the 1500 pounds (800) kilograms of weight and a size of over 12.5", (4 meters) in length.

The billfish is a predatory fish that feeds in smaller fish, and crustaceans, it's highly migratory, this means that you can find them in any ocean but they usually inhabits in the tropical waters, that’s why it's so abundant in our coastal waters and around the Caribbean and the Gulf.

The billfish's spear, or beak is like a sword that the fish uses to stung and slash its prey (normally schooling fish) or to defend against sharks but in some occasions they have might be accidentally pierced boats and some fishermen when they were trying to pull in a hooked billfish.

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These are the gigantic tropical waters big game fish with the elongated and very dangerous spear like long pointed bills, beaks, rostrums, snout or jaws, (normally used to sting pray) and the big dorsal fins. The billfish often reaches the 1500 pounds (800) kilograms of weight and a size of over 12.5", (4 meters) in length.

The billfish is a predatory fish that feeds in smaller fish, and crustaceans, it's highly migratory, this means that you can find them in any ocean but they usually inhabits in the tropical waters, that’s why it's so abundant in our coastal waters and around the Caribbean and the Gulf.

The billfish's spear, or beak is like a sword that the fish uses to stung and slash its prey (normally schooling fish) or to defend against sharks but in some occasions they have might be accidentally pierced boats and some fishermen when they were trying to pull in a hooked billfish.

The most common billfish in our waters.

  • Blue Marlin.
  • Black Marlin.
  • Striped marlin.
  • White Marlin.
  • Swordfish.
  • Longbill Spearfish.
  • Sailfish.

The other fish species in our waters

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Game Fish of the Saltwate...
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We have hundreds of fish species in these subtropical waters at the edge of the Gulf Stream, the Straits of Florida and the Atlantic Coast, and looking into this groups of fish we find those that inhabits in the deeper waters and that for this reason are also considered pelagic fish as the big billfish mentioned above, some area popular catches as the tasty Mahi-Mahi (commonly known as dolphin) The Blackfin, Bluefin & Yellowfin Tunas, the Wahoo, King Mackerel and Bonito.

The fish of the coral reefs

The Great Florida Coral Reef Barrier provides of a great habitat and environment for many more species of game fish and some of the most popular table catches in the country...like the Red Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Yellow Tail Snapper, Silk Snapper and the rest of the Snapper family, also the sea bases, groupers, barracudas, and sharks.

Coral Reefs patches form a complex and diverse echo system that supplies food and shelter for a large number of fish and marine life that feeds and reproduce fast here.

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Game Fish of the Saltwate...
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We have hundreds of fish species in these subtropical waters at the edge of the Gulf Stream, the Straits of Florida and the Atlantic Coast, and looking into this groups of fish we find those that inhabits in the deeper waters and that for this reason are also considered pelagic fish as the big billfish mentioned above, some area popular catches as the tasty Mahi-Mahi (commonly known as dolphin) The Blackfin, Bluefin & Yellowfin Tunas, the Wahoo, King Mackerel and Bonito.

The fish species of the coral reefs

The Great Florida Coral Reef Barrier provides of a great habitat and environment for many more species of game fish and some of the most popular table catches in the country...like the Red Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Yellow Tail Snapper, Silk Snapper and the rest of the Snapper family, also the sea bases, groupers, barracudas, and sharks.

Coral Reefs patches form a complex and diverse echo system that supplies food and shelter for a large number of fish and marine life that feeds and reproduce fast here.

The fish species of the shallows and flats

Other popular fishing grounds in the Florida Keys are the flats, shallows, inlets, under bridges, in shores, mangroves and back country areas of the Florida Bay, the Keys and Everglades. Sea Trout, Cobia, Snook, Tarpon, Jackcravelle, Flounder, Permit, Mangrove Snapper, Cubera Snapper, Sheephead, these are some of the coastal fish species that lives near the coast lines in our subtropical waters.

Even thought that no significant shortage of fish had been felt throughout the Florida Key's fish infected waters, regulations and laws regarding commercial and sport fishing had to be set by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission "Salt Water Fishing Regulations" to protect our echo system from the largest predator ever known "Man and modern society"


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