5 of the Most Difficult Fish to Catch

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Are you a fan of competitive fishing? Would you like to challenge yourself with your next catch? Ever wondered which fish would make for good angling competition? Brace yourself, because we have a solid list of fish that will give you a good challenge. These underwater beasts have been known to be evasive, speedy, scarce and even dangerous to tag.

The thrill is in the catch

Yep, fishing isn’t always a tough activity to engage in. Some fish don’t need any effort to tag, but the same cannot be said about these underwater behemoths. Although there are easier fish to catch, like the largemouth bass, the sunny fish, trout and even catfishes, there’s no thrill with such catch for extreme anglers.

Anglers looking for a thrill won’t be interested in such easy catch, which is why we have compiled a list of five of the most difficult fish to catch.

Some fishermen would like to try and bag a ‘difficult’ fish for the Adrenalin. Others are in it for the rewards associated with catching a sought-after game fish.

Do you fall into any of the categories and would like to have a go at some of the most difficult fish in the world? Get your gear set and prepare for your expedition.

The top 5 most difficult fish to catch:

Atlantic blue marlin

Atlantic blue marlin

The Atlantic blue marlin tops the list on the most difficult fish to catch and for good reasons. It combines a trio of massive size, a fighting spirit, and rarity. These combined makes the Blue Marlin considered the Holy Grail catch and a prized collection for trophy fish collectors.

The Atlantic Blue Marlin called the Blue Marlin is usually found in the Atlantic Ocean, so access to them is somewhat restricted. That aside, they are very evasive and hooking them always poses a serious challenge.

Catching the Blue Marlin isn’t for every angler. It requires a lot of patience and experience not forgetting proper gear and well-timed hook set as this fish have tough mouths. Once hooked, the Blue Marlin puts up a serious fight which can tumble a small boat when they are being reeled in.

Sailfish leaping


The sailfish are swell looking members of the billfish family. These fishes lurk around ocean bottoms and are tough game to land. Their super speed (which reaches about 68 mph making them the fastest ocean dwellers) makes them a challenging fish to catch.

These magnificent fish are quite abundant and can be easily hooked when feeding with either a squid or octopus bait. But, how do you catch a speedster of about 10 feet and a weight of up to 220 pounds in its natural habitat?

Sailfish are not just super-fast underwater dwellers, these saltwater fish puts up a fight when hooked. They have been known to leap and repeatedly dive in a fit while trying to break the line. You would need a lot of patience to reel them in as they can take up to several hours to land.


The Muskellunge is yet another monster fish which is very difficult to catch. Anglers mostly target this North America freshwater native of the pike family as a trophy fish.

Nicknamed the fish of 10,000 casts, this freshwater dweller doesn’t land easily. They also have a feeding pattern which is weird for a fish; this is because they wait till their food is digested before feeding again. Thus, anglers rarely catch the Muskellunge still with fresh prey in their stomach.

The Muskellunge or Muskie is a rarely found fish and when found can pose a serious challenge to land. These fish don’t go down without a fight although they don’t have a lot of stamina to hold on like the sailfish. With weights reaching over 70 pounds, trophy muskellunge are some of the most difficult fish to catch.

Pacific bluefin tuna

The Pacific bluefin tuna is the king of Tunas. These ocean dwellers (found in the Pacific Ocean) usually have a mammoth size and the stamina to give skilled anglers a run for their money.

These underwater beasts can weigh up to 1000 pounds with outstretched length reaching 10 feet. The warm-blooded Pacific bluefin tuna have an almost streamlined body which makes them very fast and evasive.

They are built with stamina to take on the most skilled anglers. The Bluefin tuna put up a tough fight when they are reeled. Their large size, massive weight, and speed make them trophy species that only the skilled and determined anglers can catch.

Freshly caught wahoo


This elongated fish is a speedster. Anglers looking for a thrill can decide to catch one of this awkwardly named fish. Wahoo have a body built for speed and have been known to reach a speed of 50 miles per hour when on the move.

Wahoo is mostly fished for sport due to the stress they bring in the catch. Their first run is the deciding factor as they bring the fight here. They use their fast speed to make a run for it usually going from 0 to 50 mph and covering several hundred of yards in just seconds.

On the flip side, wahoo are not scarce, and their population isn’t dwindling. They can be found in warm temperate oceans. They are easily located near reefs and wrecks with plenty of smaller fish.

Who’s up for an exhilarating experience?

Before you head out on your quest to catch the most difficult fish you can find, remember safety first.

Remember to always go fishing with professional anglers as backup. If you plan to catch monsters like Bluefin tuna which weighs over 800 pounds and can tip you over you’ll need the extra help.

The rewards for landing a difficult, trophy fish always outweigh the difficulties you would face.

If you are a thrill seeker and you are up for an exhilarating experience, you can have a go at any of the listed underwater dwellers. Who knows, you just might have a great story to tell.