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SAILFISH

Fishing for Sailfish

Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing


Reading the waters, following the diving birds, and having multiple lines in the water will greatly increase your chance in hooking into a sailfish.

Sailfish are dynamic, explosive and a beautiful sight to see as they jump viciously out of the water on a hookup.

Like its relative the marlin, sailfish belong to the billfish family and can be caught similarly to a marlin. The majority of sailfish caught are big, very big, measuring well over one meter in length; in a single year they can grow over one meter!

Sailfish are known for their particularly large sail, or extra elongated dorsal fin that flares and stands bold and upright in exciting or intimidating conditions. While they swim the sail is packed away, down on its side.

When it is feeding heavily, in a large group of sailfish, it is up; producing an image of a much larger, daunting fish.

Pacific and Atlantic sailfish can be caught on the spear, trolling big baitcasting rods, spinning rods and fly rods with so many varieties of lures, flies and baits the number of ways seems limitless.

Basic Info


Varieties: Pacific Sailfish, AtlanticSailfish

Scientific name: Istiophorus

Size: up to 3 m

Weight: 90 kg

Speed: up to 110 km/hr – one of the fastest fish species in the world

Lifespan: 7 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): Tropical and Subtropical parts of Oceans worldwide