Sailfish (Istiophorus) are one of the most sought after gamefish in the blue waters of Key West. We prefer to target these gamesters on light gear. Delph Fishing currently holds the I.G.F.A. world record on 4 kilogram line class for Atlantic Sailfish of 105 pounds caught by Chris Martin. These fish are available year round, however they are the most abundant during the months of April and May where double digit numbers may be taken in a single day.
They are often found in the chum lines around the boats during the winter months while chumming with live pilchards for Blackfin Tunas, Bonito, Wahoo and Kingfish. When sighted, a pilchard may be cast to the fish where it is not uncommon to hook up with double headers.
Sailfish are one of the more acrobatic of the offshore gamefish and certainly one that will thrill any angler that is willing to tangle with this beautiful fish. A quick measurement and photo will allow you to release this beauty and if that is not enough a release mount may be ordered from your favorite taxidermist. The Sailfish is a prize to be remembered all of your life, especially on light tackle.
Sailfish Photo Gallery
Sailfish Fishing Locations
The Dry Tortugas is the last, great vestige of sportfishing in the northern hemisphere. This remote group of islands are surrounded by more than ten thousand square miles of fishing resources that have remained relatively untapped due to the time that it would take to cover this vast and remote area.
Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico, for our purposes, begins at the North side of the flats, along the lower Florida Keys and includes a portion of the Florida Bay, continuing to the West and North of the Dry Tortugas, encompassing more than 5000 square miles of fishable water within range of our hi-tech, offshore boats.
Key West offers the sportfishing enthusiast the largest variety of gamefish in the world. Other locations will argue that they are the sportfishing capital of the world, or the best for this species or that particular fish. There are more “I.G.F.A. World Records” from the waters of Key West than the next closest, several locations combined.
Marquesas is a magical word that conjures thoughts of tropical breezes, emerald green water surrounding a tropical island paradise. A ring of islands surrounded by acres and acres of pristine water and shallow flats where giant Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Mutton Snappers, great Barracudas and monster Sharks of all kinds prowl the flats.