What is Game Fishing? Game Fish vs Non-Game Fish

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Fishing is a fun activity for all ages. For some, it becomes a hobby, often pursued with high levels of competitiveness. Serious anglers invest significant amounts in equipment and developing the skills necessary to catch better and bigger fish. If you enjoy it as a fun family activity and not yet a quest to collect trophies, you might have questions about the differences between game fishing and non-game fishing.

What is game fishing?

Game fish are typically targeted for commercial markets because they are the most palatable fish. However, recreational game fishers enjoy the serious fights they put up.

What are examples of game fish?

Game fish can be found in freshwater and saltwater, and you can eat them after you’ve caught them. The following are some of the game fish you might find on your hook when next you go fishing:

Popular freshwater game fish: Largemouth Bass, Crappie and Freshwater trout.

Popular saltwater game fish: Any of the following game fish will challenge your skills:

Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Flounder, King Mackerel, Striped Bass, Sailfish, and more.

What is non-game fishing?

The definition of non-game fish does not really answer the question. “Non-game fish are any species not specifically categorized as game fish.” However, I can say that non-game fish are typically non-appetizing, with more bones and scales than game fish.

What is the role of non-game fish?

Most non-game fish are small, making them perfect to use as bait. However, they play an essential role in nature by cleaning the waterway floor from debris. Additionally, they form a significant part of the food resources of larger fish species.

What are examples of non-game fish?

Freshwater Eel, Skipjack and Lake Caught Carp, along with many others.

On a final note

With the basic information you learned here, you can join the conversation the next time talk turns to fishing.

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    Riley Draper is a writer and entrepreneur from Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a world traveler, he has been to more than fifty countries and hiked some of the most elusive trails in the world. He is the co-founder of WeCounsel Solutions and has published work in both national and global outlets, including the Times Free Press, Patch, and Healthcare Global. When he's not writing, he's probably on a hiking trip or climbing in the mountains.