For the fishing enthusiast, there’s nothing quite like fishing for Sailfish in Islamorada, Florida. The waters off the Florida Keys are the perfect spot for a thrilling adventure. From the moment you set sail on our charter boat, you’re in for the catch of a lifetime.
Not only will you have the chance to catch some of the biggest sailfish around, but you’ll also get to take in the breathtaking views of Islamorada. Yabba Charters brings you the ultimate experience for offshore sailfishing, including the best fishing spots and techniques for hooking a big one.
What is a Sailfish?
Sailfish are a stunningly beautiful fish that can be found off the coast of Islamorada, Florida. The fish’s namesake comes from its long dorsal fin, which looks like a sail. This fin is used to stabilize the fish while it swims after its prey.
Quick Sailfish Stats:
- They can grow up to 11 feet long
- Sailfish can weigh up to 220 pounds
- Swim speed is up to 110 KM per hour
Sailfish are found in the warm waters of the Atlantic. Because of their size and strength, they are a challenge to catch. Fishing with Captain James and his 1st mate, Jack, will increase your odds since they are on the water nearly everyday.
Sailfish Behavior Snapshot
Sailfish spend most of their time near the surface of the water. However, they can dive up to 1100 feet to find food. They feed aggressively on small fish and squid and typically approach their prey by slashing their bill into the moving schools of bait.
These fish also employ a tactic called ‘balling’ their bait schools. A group of sailfish will surround bait fish, such as sardines. The idea is to herd them into a tight group, otherwise known as a bait ball. The sailfish force the bait fish toward the surface where they can pick them off one-by-one. It’s an awesome sight to see.
What is the Best Bait for Catching Sailfish?
The best bait to catch sailfish is a combination of live bait. This includes a mixture of:
- Goggle eyes
- Threadfin herring
- Cigar minnows
- Blue runners
Looking to try artificial bait? You can use a variety of artificial baits, such as minnows, worms, topwater, spinners, crankbaits, jigs, swimbaits, artificial crabs, rattling crankbaits, baits in brighter colors, and artificial shrimp.
When is the Best Time to Catch Sailfish?
The best time to go fishing for sailfish is in the colder months. Anglers from all over the world come to the Florida Keys in the fall and the winter to catch sailfish.
Yabba Charters can get you out on the water during the best times of the year to catch a sailfish. Book with Captain James in advance for the prime days!
Go Charter Fishing for Sailfish on the Yabba Dabba Doo!
Charter fishing for sailfish is an amazing experience that everyone should try at least once. Not only is it a great way to spend quality time with family and friends, but it also offers a unique opportunity to catch some of the most sought-after fish in the world.
Anglers book with us daily for sailfish fishing to:
- Catch trophy sailfish
- Learn more about the sport
- Gain valuable experience
- Discover the best fishing techniques
- Experience the natural beauty of the ocean
- Have a great time, no matter your experience level
The excitement of the hunt for sailfish will get your heart racing with adrenaline. The feeling of victory when you finally get it on board is extraordinary.