Well, it’s that time of year again—sailfish season in the Florida Keys. For those of you just arriving in the islands, you couldn’t have come at a better time. More and more sailfish are showing up each day, and over the past week, we’ve been catching and releasing multiple sails on nearly every trip!
Sailfish are one of my favorite species to target here in the Keys, and are one of the most rewarding to catch. Their drag-screaming runs and high-flying jumps are the best. And no matter if your new to saltwater fishing, or have caught hundreds of sailfish before, each fish is a memorable catch.
If you’re planning to target sailfish over the weeks ahead, I recommend catching live ballyhoo on the patch reefs or deep reef, and then slow trolling them off the edge of the reef. Always have a pitch rod ready, and keep an eye out for free jumpers and frigate birds marking the fish.
If you don’t have your own boat, don’t hesitate to stop by one of the Best Bet boats located on the Key Colony Beach Causeway across from Sparky’s Landing restaurant. Our captains specialize in targeting sailfish and we love to take new anglers out and introduce them to the exciting world of sailfishing. As the water temps continue to drop, more and more sails will be arriving, and I expect this to be an exceptional sailfish season.
Your Best Bet for the Week Ahead: Go Sailfishing!
Mount Airy, MD visitor Charles Poch boated his first sailfish this past Thursday while fishing aboard the Best Bet. The fish was caught in 25 ft of water using live ballyhoo.