The smallest fish ever caught is the dwarf pygmy goby (Eviota sigillata). This tiny fish, native to the Indo-Pacific region, is only 8-9mm in length and weighs less than 0.1 grams. It is the smallest known vertebrate species on the planet and is a popular target among anglers looking to catch something unique.
The dwarf pygmy goby is found in shallow waters around coral reefs, where it feeds on plankton and other small organisms. It is generally found in depths of up to 4 meters and can sometimes be seen in large schools. Interestingly, due to its size, the pygmy goby can easily be overlooked or mistaken for a small piece of debris or sand.
The dwarf pygmy goby can be caught using a variety of methods, including hand-netting, bait-fishing and jigging. It is important to note that due to its small size, the pygmy goby is quite fragile and must be handled with care. Care must also be taken to ensure that the fish is returned to the water unharmed.
Although the dwarf pygmy goby is the smallest fish ever caught, it is by no means the only small fish in the world. There are numerous species of tiny fish that inhabit the world’s oceans, rivers and lakes. These include the stout infantfish (Schindleria brevipinguis), the spotted dwarf goby (Trimmatom nanus) and the barfin flounder (Fistularia commersonii).
While these species are all quite small, they each offer an opportunity for anglers to catch something unique and memorable. Whether you are looking to catch the world’s smallest fish or just something a bit unusual, these tiny species can make for an interesting and rewarding experience.