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Fishing for Bluefish

Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Sharp-toothed, feisty and caught in a variety of ways, the bluefish is a perfect host for saltwater fishing.

Depending on the season and location, bluefish can be caught from the shore, using a variety of lures and cut bait.

Have you ever heard of a “Bluefish Blitz”? Like small, detonations exploding by the thousands, when bluefish near the shore find small baitfish like the peanut bunker or herring stuck, or caught too close to shore, the water erupts and awakens.

Bluefish go mad and feed and attack the large schools with splashing surface water effects that would make anyone at Seaworld extremely jealous.

Out to sea, bluefish will be deeper and trolling with cut bait or bright, colorful lures is most effective. Typically adults will stay and hunt together in schools, aggressively feeding on small baitfish, eel, squid and crab.

Finding the right bait will depend on what the favorite go-to bait is in the area being fished. Bluefish can be caught up the northern coast of the United States or on the coast of South Africa; it's range covers warm, tropical waters throughout the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean and Black Sea.

Watch out for their sharp teeth, they will bite!

Basic Info

Scientific name: Pomatomus saltatrix

Size: common 60 cm

Weight: max. 14.4 kg

Lifespan: 9 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): Temperate and subtropical waters all around the world, except northern Pacific Ocean