Sailfish Fishing Tips - How To Catch Sailfish
Sailfish or billfish are one of the most sought after game fish. This beautiful billfish has a large dorsal fin, that resembles a sail. Sailfish are noted for their fighting ability and often spend as much of the battle in the air as in the water. Very difficult to catch - from enticing it to take a bait, to keeping it on the line while its dancing on the surface. Kite fishing, trolling or drift fishing are the most often used methods to catch these prized fish. Drifting with live bait will catch you more fish and kite fishing or trolling will allow you to cover more water.
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- Ballyhoo, bonito strips and mullet are preferred trolling baits once feeding fish are located.
- Use baitfish, such as a mullet, with a much more visually attractive artificial bait over it and with a 2-ounce egg sinker on the hook to keep it just under the waves. The scent that Mullet puts in the water often attracts sailfish into going after your other trolled lures or bait.
- The waters off Palm Beach and Jupiter in Florida are known as "Sailfish Alley". Anglers from all over the world travel there in pursuit of trophy sailfish.
- When sailfish are holding over a reef or wreck, live bait will outfish rigged baits most of the time.
- Sailfish will often first attack in order to "kill" prey with its bill, circling back to swallow it afterwards. A good tactic for catching sailfish, therefore, is to drop back after one strikes a trolled bait and free-spool the line so that you can trick the fish into thinking it's stunned the bait.
- The key to catching them with live bait is to use the species they're currently eating. That may require catching several kinds of bait or locating and catching bait in the area of the fish.