U.S. recreational anglers took 71 million trips and caught nearly 430 million fish in 2013. Over 61 percent of these fish were released alive. Spotted seatrout was the top catch for recreational anglers in 2013, with 38 million fish caught.
Top 5 Recreational Fishing Saltwater Species (2013):
1. spotted seatrout
2. Atlantic croaker
3. black sea bass
4. summer flounder
5. red drum
source: Fisheries of the United States, 2013 (NOAA Fisheries)