# How many red fish did fisherman catch?

## Fisherman was catching fish. If he caught one red fish, he said that he caught 3, but if he caught 3 blue fish, he said that he caught only one fish. After fishing, he told that he caught 24 fish. And in the bucket there were 24 fish. How many red fish did he catch?

Sep 6, 2017

The answer is $6$ red fish.

#### Explanation:

According to the question, we get

$x + 3 x = 24$

$4 x = 24$

$x = \frac{24}{4}$

$x = 6$

If the fisherman caught $6$ red fish, he would say that he caught $18 \to 6 \cdot 3$

If he caught $18$ blue fish, then he would say that he caught just $6 \to 18 \div 3$

If you wanted to check your answer, when you add $6$ red fish and $18$ blue fish, the total is $24$ fish. But since we are not asked about blue fish, we don't have to mention the blue ones.

I hope this helps!