Fish Finder – Best Baits and Temperature Range

FishTrack’s Fish Finder provides the ideal water temperature range for the most sought-after offshore game fish, a list of hot spots and the best baits and techniques to maximize your time on the water. Learn more about the habitat and characteristics of your target species and use the distribution column to identify the best locations to find a particular species. Then consult FishTrack’s SST charts to investigate the latest conditions, including water temp, chlorophyll concentrations, true color images, current, altimetry, bathymetry, marine weather, tide tables and moon phase. Don’t fish blind. FishTrack provides everything you need to pinpoint the best spot to wet a line.

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Species

Details

Habitat

Best Baits

Distribution

Albacore Tuna

Temp: 60-66°F

Avg Length: 100 cm

Record Weight: 88 lbs

Found worldwide in tropical, subtropical and temperate oceans.

Live bait, trolling lures and jigs, surface iron, cut bait and chunk bait

Bigeye Tuna

Temp: 66-78°F

Avg Length: 180 cm

Record Weight: 392 lbs

Warm temperate waters in the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Trolled lures, rigged dead baits, spreader bars, chunk baits, squid and live bait including menhaden, mackerel and herring

Black Marlin

Temp: 72-86°F

Avg Length: 380 cm

Record Weight: 1,560 lbs

Tropical waters in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Denser near islands and structure.

Live bait, including small tunas, mackerel, queenfish and scad, skip baits, trolling lures, bait-and-switch

Blue Marlin

Temp: 70-86°F

Avg Length: 290 cm

Record Weight: 1,805 lbs

Tropical and subtropical waters in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.

Live baits including small tunas and mackerel, skip baits, trolling lures, bait-and-switch, pitch-baiting

Hawaii

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Cape Verde

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Virgin Islands

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Mid Atlantic

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Puerto Rico

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North New Zealand

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Bermuda

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South Baja

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New South Wales

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Vanuatu

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Central America

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Central Gulf

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South Baja

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Dominican Republic

Bluefin Tuna

Temp: 60-86°F

Avg Length: 200 cm

Record Weight: 1,496 lbs

Subtropical and temperate waters of the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. Subsets include Pacific bluefin and Southern bluefin.

Chunking with dead mackerel, menhaden, herring or squid, slow-trolling live bait, trolling offshore lures and cedar plugs, fishing behind commercial herring and scallop boats

King Mackerel

Temp: 68-84°F

Avg Length: 70 cm

Record Weight: 93 lbs

Western Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, usually found in water form 10 to 20 fathoms. This migratory fish is very seasonal and can be found from Maine to Brazil.

Slow-trolling or drifting live baits, trolling strip baits, swimming lures, plugs and jigs, chunking and chumming, casting small to medium-sized live baits

Longbill Spearfish

Temp: 70-86°F

Avg Length: 165 cm

Record Weight: 127 lbs

Found in Atlantic temperate and tropical regions, most common to the Western Atlantic.

Rigged dead baits, dead bait/lure combos, trolling lures, live bait and strip baits

Mahi Mahi

Temp: 68+°F

Avg Length: 100 cm

Record Weight: 87 lbs

Pelagic and migratory, found in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide.

Trolling lures, rigged ballyhoo, chunk baits when schooled up, targeting flotsam, live bait, targeting weed lines, kite fishing, stick baits

Mako Shark

Temp: 61-73°F

Avg Length: 270 cm

Record Weight: 1,221 lbs

Worldwide in tropical and temperate seas.

Live baits including mackerel, scad, and menhaden, chumming and chunking, trolling with dead bait or lures, slow-trolling live bait

Sailfish

Temp: 70-83°F

Avg Length: 240 cm

Record Weight: 221 lbs

Warm and temperate waters worldwide. Pelagic and migratory but caught in lesser depths than other billfish and closer to shore.

Dead ballyhoo, dredges, live bait including goggle-eyes, threadfin herring, and pilchards, trolling lures, skip baits, split-tail mullet, fly-fishing, bait-and-switch

Shortbill Spearfish

Temp: 70-86°F

Avg Length: 190 cm

Record Weight: 110 lbs

Tropical and temperate regions of the Indian and Pacific Oceans but has been captured in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Cape of Good Hope.

Trolling lures, trolling rigged natural baits, strip baits, live bait, bait-and-switch and fly-fishing

Striped Marlin

Temp: 70-86°F

Avg Length: 290 cm

Record Weight: 494 lbs

Tropical to temperate waters in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Live bait including mackerel, scad, caballito and squid, trolling lures, bait-and-switch, pitch-baiting

Swordfish

Temp: 41-80°F

Avg Length: 300 cm

Record Weight: 1,182 lbs

Worldwide in temperate and tropical oceanic and continental shelf waters from the surface to depths of more than 500 fathoms.

Deep drifting squid, bonito or live bait at night, daytime deep-dropping, casting live baits to fish spotted on the surface during the day

Wahoo

Temp: 70-86°F

Avg Length: 170 cm

Record Weight: 184 lbs

Found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide. Oceanic and pelagic, prefers drop offs and edges. Comes onto reefs and shallower waters in clear conditions.

Live bait, high-speed trolling lures with weight or wire lire, rigged natural baits, stick baits

White Marlin

Temp: 71+°F

Avg Length: 210 cm

Record Weight: 181 lbs

Found in the Atlantic Ocean, from 45°N – 45°S in western Atlantic and down to 35°S in eastern Atlantic.

Trolling naked ballyhoo, dredges, trolling lures, bait-and-switch, pitch-baiting

Yellowfin Tuna

Temp: 64-88°F

Avg Length: 150 cm

Record Weight: 405 lbs

Found in deep tropical, subtropical and warm temperate waters.

Live bait, including small tunas, goggle-eyes or caballitos, mackerel and anchovies, squid, trolling lures, rigged dead baits, chunking, kite fishing

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