Big game fishing

What is big game fishing ?

Big game fishing takes place offshore and often requires special equipment .
Whether one is professional, passionate or novice, it always provides incredible sensations that no other fishing can match. It is full of emotions, rebounds and rich memories, and is the object of numerous excursions organized by specialists in Senegal, Seychelles, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mauritius, Madagascar, Kenya, Thailand etc.

Which species can you expect to catch while big game fishing ?

The big game fishing concerns a multitude of mainly tropical species: :
tuna (striped, yellow, red, dog teeth, yellowfin tuna) - marlin - swordfish - shark - carangue - grouper - amberjack - dorado dolphinfish - spearfish - barracuda - cobia - ray - bonito – wahoo – porgy - pickerel - sailfish – thazard - snappers - mahi mahi - jack-knifefish - albacore etc.

Which techniques are used for big game fishing ?

The techniques used are specific to this type of fishing. Here are the most common names: heavy trolling (rooster fish, marlin, tuna ...), fast trolling to lures , slow trail to live or dead bait, popping , jigging (dog tooth tuna, grouper, trevally, wahoo, tuna, pagre, shark or amberjack), broumé, palangrotte, cataline, adrift (yellowfin tuna), live.

An important condition: fitness !

Big game fishing is not an activity of any rest. True sport in its own right, it requires the use of sophisticated equipment , but also, and above all, it solicits your own strength . It is not given to everybody to get out of the water a fish of its own weight (or more), especially if one also takes into account the strength of the currents !
It therefore undoubtedly requires important physical qualities as well as an endurance to the effort.
Internationally renowned sport, for big game fishing, take out your biggest muscles if you want to practice it fully and successfully !

List of species for this type of fishing

Marlin is a fish from a large family called Istiophoridae, which includes about 10 species. The most popular species include the blue marlin (makaira nigricans), the striped marlin (kajikia audax), the white marlin (kajikia albidus) and the black marlin (istiompax indica).

Greater Amberjack

Greater amberjack (seriola dumerili) is found in the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Indian coasts. This fast-swimming pelagic fish is a very prized species during sport fishing games.


Swordfish (xiphias gladius) is a highly migratory pelagic fish considered as one of the fastest sea animals. It tends to be large and its weight often exceeds 100 kg. It can be distinguished thanks to its long bill and its iridescent blue body. Most of sport fishermen feel really proud to catch swordfishes on their lines.


Tuna is a popular and prized fish during recreative fishing games. Here is some useful information about Bigeye and Yellowfin if you want to fish in the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean.


Wahoo (acanthocybium solandri) is a scombrid fish you can find in all tropical and subtropical seas. It is also known as “peto” in many Hispanic areas of the Caribbean and in Central America. A lot of sports fishermen make it a prize game fish because of its speed and high-quality flesh

Dolphinfish or Mahi-mahi

Dorade coryphène, dorado, dolphin, lampuga, rakingo, calitos, ti-rone, maverikos, mahi-mahi... There are so many ways to call the dolphinfish (coryphaena hippurus). This species is well known for its flesh and is found in tropical and subtropical oceans, especially in the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.

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