Sailfish

November to April; less frequent between May and September. Sailfish are blue to grey in colour and have a characteristic sail (dorsal fin) which often stretches the entire length of the back.

Deep_sea_2j November to April; less frequent between May and September. Sailfish are blue to grey in colour and have a characteristic sail (dorsal fin) which often stretches the entire length of the back.

Its outstanding feature is the long, high first dorsal which is slate or cobalt blue with a scattering of black spots. The second dorsal fin is very small. The bill is longer than that of the spearfish, usually a little more than twice the length of the elongated lower jaw. The vent is just forward of the first anal fin. The sides often have pale, bluish gray vertical bars or rows of spots.

linda_adams_sailfish Considered the fastest fish in the ocean with speeds of up to 110 (kph) or 68 (mph).

Its fighting ability and spectacular aerial acrobatics endear the sailfish to the saltwater angler, but it tires quickly and is considered a light tackle species. Fishing methods include trolling with strip baits, plures, feathers or spoons, as well as live bait fishing and kite fishing. The most action is found where sailfish are located on or near the surface where they feed.

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