Pacific Sailfish Photos

Scientific nameIstiophorus platypterus

  • The Pacific Sailfish is native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is dark blue on top, brown-blue laterally, silvery-white underbelly.
  • Inhabits tropical and subtropical waters near land masses, usually in depths over 6 fathoms, but occasionally caught in lesser depth. Pelagic and migratory, sails usually travel alone or in small groups. They appear to feed mostly in midwater along the edges of reefs or current eddies.
  • Its fighting ability and spectacular aerial acrobatics endear the sail to the saltwater angler, but it tires quickly and is considered a light tackle species.
  • Fishing methods include trolling with strip baits, lures, feathers, or spoons, as well as live bait fishing.
  • The most action is found where sails are located on or near the surface where they feed.

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