- Game fish
Game fish are
fishpursued for sportby recreational anglers. They can be freshwater or marine fish. Game fish can be eaten after being caught, though increasingly anglers practise catch and releaseto improve fish populations. Some game fish are also targeted commercially, particularly salmon.
The species of fish pursued by anglers varies with geography. Some fish are sought for their value as food while others are pursued for their fighting abilities or for the difficulty of pursuit. The thrill of reeling in the biggest fish of your life is what keeps this sport going.
Big game fish are bony saltwater fish such as
tunaand billfish( sailfish, marlinand swordfish).
* In North America, anglers fish also for
salmon, trout, bass, pike, catfish, walleyeand muskellunge. The smallest fish are called panfish, because they can fit in a normal cooking pan. Examples are crappies, perch, rock bass, bluegilland sunfish. Panfish are often hunted by younger anglers.
* In Europe, anglers fish for the traditionally premier species, salmon and trout, as well as for other fish which are called
coarse fish, such as carp, pike, tench, rudd, roach, European perchand barbel (especially in stillwaters).
Japan, recreational angling and fly fishing is also very popular.
Common game fish have been transported
worldwide. Rainbow trout, for instance, can now be found nearly anywhere that the climateis appropriate, from their original home on the Pacific Coastof North Americato the mountainsof southern Africa.
* Dunn, Bob (2000) "Saltwater Game Fishes of the World." Australian Fishing Network.ISBN 978-1865130101
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