All anglers have the same goal, to catch the “big one.” That mystical, once in a lifetime fish. Some anglers travel all around the world to find that sought after fish. But what are these fish? What species of fish make anglers like you and I travel the world to catch? This list has some of the most difficult to find fish, and some of the most difficult to reel in as well.
One of the greatest fighters in the water. The Tarpon has been hooked by many anglers but only so many of them have actually won the battle. The Tarpon isn’t the hardest fish to catch, but they are considered a prehistoric fish, meaning they they’ve been roaming the waters of earth for longer than humans have been around for. A Giant Tarpon can grow up to 7 ft in length and can weigh over 200 pounds. Anglers from near and far travel from the Caribbean to West Africa to take a chance at reeling in one of these sought after fish.
Found all over the world, but commonly found in warm tropical waters of the Pacific and Indian Ocean, the Giant Trevally isn’t the rarest fish. The allure of the Giant Trevally is its fighting shape is built to take anglers to the limit. The power of the Giant Trevally can be attributed to thick shoulders and a midsection of all muscle. Plus, having almost paddle-like pectoral and tail fins only add to the strength of the Giant Trevally.
The Tigerfish is an African fish found in the rivers and lakes of the continent. A priced fish, the Tigerfish is a fierce predator with its trademark razor sharp teeth. The Goliath Tiger is the largest in the Tigerfish family and is found in the Congo system. With those teeth being so big and intimidating, it makes for the Tigerfish to an experience of a lifetime to catch.
One of the most prized fish to catch, the Permit is just one of the coolest looking fish to catch. With large, human-like eyes and a unique shape, the Permit is also a fish of beauty as well. A good fighter and a pretty smart fish, it can be a challenge to even the most seasoned angler. The Permit is usually found in shallow, tropical waters and in flats and channels. They are a heavier fish as well can and grow up to 20lbs.
A fish that resides right below the Himalayan Range in India, the Golden Mahsser is one of the most coveted fish to find. Found in the northern part of India, the surroundings alone that the Golden Mahseer resides in is enough to attract Western anglers to catch one. But don’t think it’s an easy catch, with golden armor-played scales give it power, and bucket shaped fins can make it be one of the biggest challenges in all of fly fishing to reel in. Fly Fishing for the Golden Mahseer is considered a newer thing, but more and and more anglers are trying their luck at catching one.
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