Big-game fishing, often referred to as offshore game fishing, is a form of recreational blue-water fishing, targeting large fish known for their sporting qualities, size, beauty, and tenacity. Offshore fishing became possible with the advent of the personal motorized watercraft, following America's industrialization. This newfound freedom afforded families the ability to depart for the coast on the weekend and try their hand at reeling in a big game fish. As the vessels used for sport fishing became larger, longer-ranged, and more seaworthy, so did the sportsman’s ability to pursue more exotic game.
The United States is the world’s leader in saltwater fishing, due in part to her abundant coastline. Big-game anglers pursue a variety of tropical sport fish ranging from Yellow Fin Tuna and Dorado Dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, Sailfish and Dolphinfish in the Florida Keys to giant Bluefin Tuna in Massachusetts. Some of the same species that were fished by the pioneers of the sport – Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Broadbill Swordfish and Striped Marlin – are still fished for today and are enjoyed worldwide. The Southern Marsh Offshore series commemorates a sport that is loved by all but perfected by those who love it here in the South.