If you’re headed our way, that is, to the rich fishing grounds that the Florida Keys are then maybe you may want to do try your luck landing a sailfish or two while you’re here. Give us a call and we’ll take you where the sailfish are. Meanwhile, here’s a quick primer on what you need to do right to get photographed with one of these beautiful giants.
The fish that averages up to 60 pounds, and may on occasions touch 100 pounds, and with its silvery striped body, sail-like dorsal fin, and sword-like bill, the fish presents an unforgettable spectacle. It is a strong fish, and many anglers learn this when trying to reel in a hooked specimen, they find the reel unspooled. Sailfish can cover 100 meters in 4.8 seconds. That’s where the adventure is.
While you may get lucky landing a sailfish from November onward, the best fishing is to be had from the new year. Winter is a great time to go deep-sea fishing for sailfish in South Florida. To land one, you need to get the bait to the fish and then hopefully get the boat close enough. For this, you need a skilled boat captain. And a Key West fishing charter for sailfish also gives you the opportunity to catch marlin and tuna.
Bonito and strips of ballyhoo work fine for rigging trolling baits to catch sailfish. Pilchards and Google-eyes are the preferred live bait to attract these fish. Live ballyhoo used to slowly troll sailfish will often do the job. We know where the ballyhoo and catching them first is a part of the sailfish catching adventure. Sailfish territory starts once you reach 75 feet of water. Drifting too is a great idea, you can get a bite. Just take care the multiple lines don’t get tangled. After you’ve won the battle against the sailfish and reeled it in and been clicked in it, it’s time to release it.