You will find flying fish in warm waters across the world. Lit is their torpedo-shaped and streamlined body that helps them in generating sufficient speed. They use this underwater speeding potential to break through the water surface. The reason why they fly is because of their wing-like, large pectoral fins. If early reports are to be believed, this fish group has this amazing gliding potential to escape marauders. Large fish varieties like tuna, mackerel, marlin, and swordfish are considered to be their pursuers. In order to sustain, this fish species feeds on different foods which commonly include planktons and small crustaceans.
Flying Fish Habitat
Experts have come up with claims of finding approximately 40 flying fish species. This fish group is a temperate and tropical marine species. You can find it in huge numbers at the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of USA. Flying fish can also be seen in the Indian Ocean. Majority of this species find good habitat in open oceans. However, others like to live on the outskirts of different coral reefs. Though they have acquired their flying potential for escaping predators, once in the air, these fish can also serve as food for birds. The young variants in this category feature filament on their lower jaws. This filament camouflages them in the form of plant blossoms.
The fish starts with its process of gliding or taking flight by obtaining huge speed underwater. This is around 37 miles per hour. While angling upward, the fish, by way of its huge velocity, breaks the water surface, and starts to take flight. While gliding, the fish beats its tail rapidly and slowly becomes airborne. Some fish varieties in this category have the potential of reaching heights more than 4 feet and flying long distances like more than 655 feet. The flying fish does not completely return to water once it is near the surface all over again. It flaps its tail and is capable of continuing with the flight.
How To Catch Flying Fish?
Like many other sea creatures, they tend to get attracted to glow very easily. And fishers do take good advantage of this feature. They fill up canoes with sufficient water for sustaining fish and even fix luring lights for capturing flying fish during the night. Protection status on this fish species is still not available.
They spawn in the open waters, close to the surface. The female fish deposits eggs fastened by glued filaments to floating and seaweed debris. The newly hatched fish feature whiskers close to their mouths. These whiskers disguise them as sea plants, thus saving them from pursuers. These fish can survive for an average of not more than five years. The population of this fish group is quite stable. You will find them being fished commercially in different parts of the world. It is very easy to catch these fish mainly because they tend to leap into well-lit canoes.
Avid anglers who have tried varied skills and techniques in catching different fish varieties should work on their skills to catch a fly fish.