Full Pull - Fishing Charters - Charleston, SC
Fish Species
Blue Marlin
Blue Marlin
Makaira nigricans

Description: Color cobalt blue on top shading to silvery white on bottom; upper jaw elongated in form of spear; dorsal fin pointed at front end; pectoral fin and anal fin pointed; lateral line reticulated (interwoven like a net), difficult to see in large specimens; no dark spots on dorsal fin; body covered with embedded scales ending in one or two sharp points.


White Marlin
White Marlin
Tetrapturus albidus

Description: The body is dark blue to brown on the back, shading to brownish, to silvery-white along the sides, and then white on the belly. The body is marked with faint vertical bars. The first dorsal fin has many small black spots, compared to the unspotted dorsal fin of the long bill spearfish. The front part of the dorsal fin of the white marlin comes to a broadly rounded vertical point, compared to the sharp point of the blue marlin.


Sailfish
Sailfish
Istiophorus platypterus

Description: Impossible to misidentify, the sailfish has a huge black-spotted, blue, sail-like dorsal fin set on an elongated body, and a pointed bill on the upper jaw. Body color is dark blue on the back, going to blue-brown on the sides, then silvery below. Vertical rows of pale blue spots are spaced over the entire length of the fish.


Yellowfin Tuna
Yellowfin Tuna
Thunnus albacares

Description: The body is deep, but streamlined. It has a metallic, deep blue back, changing to yellow and silver on the belly. A yellow band extends down the side, and the belly often has about 20 vertical broken lines, a characteristic found on no other tuna, but not always noticeably present on yellowfin tuna. Large fish are easily identified by the long crescent-shaped extensions of the anal and second dorsal fins.


Blackfin Tuna
Blackfin Tuna
Thunnus atlanticus

Description: This small tuna has the typical fusiform, tuna body shape. The back is dark metallic blue, the sides are silvery-gray and the belly is white. Many have traces of a bronze-colored line down each side. The most reliable identifying characteristic is the color of the small finlets located behind the dorsal and anal fins. In the other four species of tuna, they are yellow or yellow, edged with black. In the blackfin, they are distinctly dusky, although they may have a yellowish tinge.


Bluefin Tuna
Bluefin Tuna
Thunnus thynnus

Description: Atlantic bluefins are dark blue to black near the dorsal surface and silvery near the ventral surface. The bluefin is known for the finlets that run down the dorsal and ventrals sides toward the anal fin. There are 12-14 spines in the first dorsal fin and 13-15 rays in the second dorsal fin. The anal fin has 11-15 rays. The average lifespan of bluefin tuna is 15-30 years.


Dolphin
Dolphin - Mahi Mahi
Coryphaena hippurus

Description: This fish may be one of the most colorful fish in the open Gulf of Mexico. It is azure blue to emerald green on its back, with cadmium yellow sides and a lighter belly. These bright colors are quickly lost when the fish dies after being boated. The large colorful dorsal fin extends almost the length of the back. Large mature males develop blunt, vertical heads. This fish is difficult to separate from its less common relative, the pompano dolphin. The only sure way to do so is to inspect the shape of the tooth patch on the tongue. In dolphin it is round; in pompano dolphin it is noticeably squarish in shape.


Wahoo
Wahoo
Acanthocybium solandri

Description: Body color of this fish is blue-green above and lighter below. The body is marked with numerous, wavy, darker, vertical bars. The body is very elongated and streamlined. Wahoo reach over 7 feet long and grow quickly, especially in their first year after hatching.


King Mackeral
King Mackeral
Scombridae

Description: Body shape is extremely elongated and strongly compressed laterally. Color distinguishes it from its relatives. It lacks the wavy vertical lines found on the body of the wahoo and the pronounced black spot on the front of the dorsal fin in the Spanish mackerel and the cero. Body color is silvery-gray to iridescent green. Young king mackerel have spots on their sides similar to Spanish mackerel, but can be differentiated from the latter fish by having a sharper bend in the lateral line midways down the side.

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