Sailfish

COMMON NAME: Sailfish

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Istiophorus

TYPE: Fish

DIET: Carnivore

GROUP NAME: School

AVERAGE LIFE SPAN IN THE WILD: 4 years

SIZE: 5.7 to 11 feet

WEIGHT: 120 to 220 pounds

SIZE RELATIVE TO A 6-FT MAN:

ABOUT THE SAILFISH

The two main subspecies of sailfish, Atlantic and Indo-Pacific, range throughout the warm and temperate parts of the world’s oceans.

Unique Traits

They are blue to gray in color with white underbellies. They get their name from their spectacular dorsal fin that stretches nearly the length of their body and is much higher than their bodies are thick.

Feeding

They are members of the billfish family, and as such, have an upper jaw that juts out well beyond their lower jaw and forms a distinctive spear. They are found near the ocean surface usually far from land feeding on schools of smaller fish like sardines and anchovies, which they often shepherd with their sails, making them easy prey. They also feast on squid and octopus.

Game Fishing

Their meat is fairly tough and not widely eaten, but they are prized as game fish. These powerful, streamlined beasts can grow to more than 10 feet and weigh up to 220 pounds. When hooked, they will fight vigorously, leaping and diving repeatedly, and sometimes taking hours to land.

Population

Sailfish are fairly abundant throughout their range, and their population is considered stable. They are under no special status or protections.

Take a Look at Our

Most Popular Tours

Punta Cana Fishing Charters - Mar-Quesa - 8 Hours

The Best Sport Fishing Charter in Punta Cana. Feel the
Private
8 Hours
Punta Cana Fishing Charters Sobre Las Olas
Private

Punta Cana Fishing Charters - Sobre Las Olas – 8 Hours

The Best Sport Fishing Charter in Punta Cana. Feel the
Private
8 Hours
Punta Cana Fishing Charter
Private

Punta Cana Fishing Charters - Mar-Quesa - 6 Hours

The Best Sport Fishing Charter in Punta Cana. Feel the
Private
6 Hours
Punta Cana Fishing Charters Divina
Private

Punta Cana Fishing Charters - Divina – (8 hours) Full Day

The Best Sport Fishing Charter in Punta Cana. Feel the
Private
8 Hours
Punta Cana Fishing Charters Sobre Las Olas
Private

Punta Cana Fishing Charters - Sobre Las Olas – 6 Hours

The Best Sport Fishing Charter in Punta Cana. Feel the
Private
6 Hours
Punta Cana Fishing Charters Divina
Private

Punta Cana Fishing Charters - Divina – 6 Hours

The Best Sport Fishing Charter in Punta Cana. Feel the
Private
6 Hours
Punta Cana Fishing Charter
Private

Punta Cana Fishing Charters - Mar-Quesa - 4 Hours

Punta Cana Fishing Charters - Mar-Quesa - 4 Hours
Private
4 Hours
Punta Cana Fishing Charters Sobre Las Olas
Private

Punta Cana Fishing Charters - Sobre Las Olas – 4 Hours

The Best Sport Fishing Charter in Punta Cana. Feel the
Private
4 Hours
Punta Cana Fishing Charters Divina
Private

Punta Cana Fishing Charters - Divina – 4 Hours

The Best Sport Fishing Charter in Punta Cana. Feel the
Private
4 Hours