Flying fish are plentiful around Gasparilla Island and in Venice offshore deepwater.
Flying fish, an object of curiosity because of their ability to glide through the air, are among the most interesting fish in the Gulf of Mexico.
Flying fish can be seen jumping out of the water and skimming along the surface from quite a distance away. Anglers having a hard time believing their eyes: "Was that a flying fish I just saw?"
Flying fish upper bodies and sides are dark blue while lower on the sides they are silver.
Anglers in blue water often see flying fish skittering away from the boat or in its wake. Few anglers see flying fish up close and even fewer have seen their behavior when they are not soaring away from the boat.
Flying fish upper bodies and sides are dark blue while lower on the sides they are silver. When airborne, they have an iridescent color.
When several flying fish appear you are in deep water and it is time to drop anchor and cast. Flying fish indicate bigger species of fish in the area and are helpful in finding good fishing areas offshore.
Flying fish swim close to the water's surface with fins close to their bodies. Once they leave the water they spread the fins to glide.
Flying fish have a torpedo-shaped body and can gather enough speed under water to break the surface with large wing-like fins getting them airborne.
Some believe flying fish use this ability to escape predators, including tuna, swordfish, marlin, mackerel and kingfish. They sought by seabirds, porpoises and squid.
Flying fish are also eaten by humans. Sushi lovers eat flying fish roe.
Flying fish feed on plankton and small crustaceans. Flying fish are not a big. They average 7 inches to 12 inches long. Flying fish glide as well as some birds and have been known to cruise more than 200 meters flapping their tails all the while.
Flying fish travel in schools, tend to feed at night and are attracted to light.
Barbados, once known as "The Land Of The Flying Fish," made them the national fish. Coins in Barbados have flying fish on them.