Pelagic fish species List

As the fishing season moves from spring to summer, the Gulf Stream pushes closer to shore. It brings warm water with it, and with that warmer water come a tremendous variety of seasonal species of fish. Bonito, False albacore, skipjack and other tuna, like mahi mahi move into areas that traditionally hold coldwater fish. Over the years there have been a random tarpon caught up north. Think about that.

For many anglers, these new species represent a breath of fresh air. For inshore anglers and charter captains who target species like striped bass and bluefish, the pelagics (fish that live near the surface) are a welcome addition to their common catches. Catching a Slam (striped bass, bluefish, and either a bonito or False albacore) or a Grand Slam (striped bass, bluefish, bonito, and False albacore) in a day add an exclamation point to an otherwise great day.

I spoke with Captain Corey Pietraszek of from Southeastern Massachusetts. elagics is that they offer variety to a day. For the past four months I’ve focused on striped bass and bluefish, but now that the water has warmed the bonito and albies are in. They’re challenging to catch, they make long, aggressive runs, and they make a day complete. With the exception of False albacore, the pelagics are some of the best eating fish, with tuna and Spanish mackerel being among my favorites. Be prepared to hear your drag sing.

“The other part that appeals to me as a charter captain is that I get an opportunity to fish different types of water. Sometimes the fish are close to shore and wade fishermen get phenomenal chances to hook up. Other times I’ll head offshore where I’ll see several different species of whales. Being prepared for the different types of fish is really important, and with so many fish mixed in I get an adrenaline rush every time I see birds working or water churning.”

The pelagics are rolling in to our area right now and depending on the fall weather patterns and water temperatures they’ll be around until mid-through-late October. We’re at the front end of a big push of fish. Like Captain Corey, I can’t wait.

Tom Keer is an award-winning freelance writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Visit him at or at


Glass catfish

2006-06-30 09:34:59 by Fish_of_the_hour


The first trait we notice about Kryptopterus bicirrhis is of course its transparency hence the common name of 'glass' or 'ghost' catfish. The body is virtually transparent with scattered patches of pigment on the head and underbelly. We can see the swim bladder inside the body cavity adjacent to the pectoral fins and other internal structures, such as the vertabral column, can be seen.
In its native waters of southeast Asia you would think that such a soft bodied fish would stand out and prove an easy meal for predators, but to the contrary the glass cat can prove itself to do a disappearing act in the more murky river waters of its habitat


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