15 of the Hardest Fish to Hook: A Guide for Experienced Anglers

Every angler has a list of game fish to catch in their lifetime. While every catch is something to be thankful for, there is nothing better than fighting for a cherished catch from time to time. Here is a list of the 15 hardest game fish for many anglers to catch. How many of them have you encountered and fought for in your career as a fisherman?Wahoo, also known as Mahi-Mahi or Dorado, is one of the most sought-after species in the warm waters of Northeast Florida and Louisiana.

These thin fish swim fast, reaching up to 60 miles per hour, so you're sure to fight for this. And when you hook one up, don't expect this species of fish to give up because they're going to have a fantastic fight. Make sure your arms are strong and you don't have sea legs because this fish can literally throw you off the boat.The Blue Marlin is considered one of the great impressive catches. With its medium size, majestic appearance and the biggest fight of your fishing life, this fish is a rare marine jewel.

Hooking one of these fish requires a good amount of time and keeping it hooked requires patience and endurance. If you're lucky and skilled enough to hook one, you'll have to muster all your stamina because this fish will fight for life. Some of the most experienced fishermen have managed to lose one after five hours of fighting.Be sure to use heavy tackle if you plan to get one of these trophies. Shad has been swimming in our oceans since prehistoric times and they have become the acrobatic fish we all know today.

This trophy fish, found in the waters of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic coast, is known to make a good splash when hooked. They can jump as high in the air as 10 feet. You have a better chance of hooking one up at night. Come prepared with live mullet as bait and a bucket of bait to tempt them to approach.These fish are heavy, ranging from 60 to 100 pounds, sometimes even 200, so they come prepared with a reel with enough line capacity for those heavyweights.

Permits are not difficult to find, anglers usually find them in shallow water, where they swim for food, but they are difficult to hook. They are incredibly moody and easily frightened on shallow floors. These “gray ghosts” of the flats are also capable of cutting lines, throwing hooks with their strong nose jumps, or they can simply swim next to your baits without even a look (they also have an incredible view). No other fish can frustrate anglers better than they allow.Many anglers consider catching one to be a story for life.

Smaller musks aren't that hard to catch, especially in lakes in Wisconsin and Minnesota (especially Lake of the Woods, Green Bay, or Mille Lacs), but one the size of a trophy is a lifelong challenge. These game fish, known as the “10,000 cast fish”, are street smart, fickle and, in general, a difficult fish to catch. They will make you feel as if you have guided them with the hook and bait, before taking off the bait with their sharp teeth and strong jaws.Nor are they that easy to lure with bait, as they can fight temptation once they have been fed. To catch one of these trophies, first master big bait casting, know your waters and invest in a GPS sonar system.

Not to be confused with the dolphin, the dolphin fish (also known as mahi-mahi or dorado), has a majestically strange appearance, formidable swimmers and intelligent thinkers, making them difficult to catch trophy fish. They know how to evade hooks, but they are quite greedy, so you can easily hook them when you find them.However, they can run with your hook with such a great speed. The first thing you'll notice about roosterfish is how incredible it looks with its exotic-looking dorsal fins. The second thing you'll notice, if you're able to hook one, is just playful, fast and strong.

You can find them in the shallow waters of the Eastern Pacific, aggressively hunting for the next prey.Commonly seen roosterfish range between 30 and 45 pounds and are quite difficult to pull. Once you've hooked one, it can play with you and the next thing you know it's pulling you back and forth instead of the other way around.Giant horse mackerel (GT), is the largest of the mackerel fish species. He is a big and solid fighter - a true “warrior of the sea” - who won't give up until he's completely conquered your surface lure. If you're aiming for one of these trophy bad boys come armed with a 20-pound test throwing tackle and a backrest.

These fish species are found throughout the year in Hawaii on the atolls of the South Pacific as well as in the waters of Australia and the Philippines.Greater Amberjack is a fast and strong swimmer who won't give up until he's completely conquered your surface lure. Once they've bitten your bait they'll swim back home in the depths of the water so let's hope that when you've caught a heavy one (hooks commonly range from 20 to 30 pounds but can occur at 60 pounds) you'll be armed with a rope that can withstand their stubbornness while continuing to dive deep.If you're targeting white sturgeon make sure you come prepared with an 80-pound test line and heavy-duty reels. Sturgeon can fight and can jump despite its appearance. You can find this species of fish in freshwaters all over North America.Finally roosterfish is an exotic looking species found in shallow waters throughout Eastern Pacific that range between 30-45 pounds making them quite difficult to pull once hooked.

They are known for their playful nature making them an exciting catch.

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