SIZE: Common from 2 to 20 pounds; exceeds 40 pounds. World and Florida records 49 pounds, 6 ounces.
FOOD VALUE: Excellent.
GAME QUALITIES: Pound-for-pound, among the best.
TACKLE AND BAITS: Light classes of ocean tackle, plus spinning and baitcasting outfits. For trolling, choose small offshore lures, feathers, spoons, small rigged baits such as Ballyhoo and strips. Deep-diving plugs are also good. Blackfins also can be chummed with live Pilchards or similar small baitfish, and fished for with the same bait, or by casting. Best hard lures are white jigs, tied with bucktail or feathers to provide a larger profile. Flies should be similarly tied—to imi- tate size and color of the live chum.
FISHING SYSTEMS: Trolling; Drifting; Still Fishing.
RANGE: All Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.
HABITAT: The open sea.