Offshore Sailfishing: Part 3 Sailfish On!
In this final post of the series, we are ready to catch a sailfish!
Sailfish are found in tropical and warm temperate waters, typically in areas with clear water and abundant baitfish. Some of the best places to kite fish for sailfish include Offshore Miami to the the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and the Pacific coast of Mexico.
I am fortunate to live along the coast of sailfish alley in South Florida and it’s less than an hour run from the marina to some of the best sail fishing grounds in the world.
Kite Fishing for Sailfish
If you followed the steps in post 1 and 2, catching live bait and setting up the kites and the rigs, your’e now ready to catch sailfish.
With six lines in the water at various lengths from the boat and trolling over productive grounds, now it’s a waiting game.
Within a few minutes we have a sailfish on! The epic fight begins.
Sailfish are built for speed and power. They can reach speeds in excess of 65 mph and are strong enough to peel off hundreds of yards of fishing line and fight and jump for 20-30 minutes.
After a few long runs and spectacular jumps the sailfish is tired and the battle is over. Now we tag the fish, get some quick photos and safely release the fish back to the ocean.
By the end of the day we landed 3 out of 6 sailfish hooked, safely releasing all three back to the ocean.