Marlin, sailfish, and other Florida billfish are legendary for their size and power. They are the ultimate prize in offshore sport fishing at high-octane. For an epic adventure, those who dare to explore the deep and prolific waters of Florida’s coasts in search for these magnificent trophy fish are invited.

Sailfish Habitat

Sailfish are typically found in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida, particularly in the Gulf Stream, where the warmer water provides an ideal habitat for their prey. Sailfish are migratory fish, and they follow warm currents throughout the year, traveling to different areas to feed and spawn. In Florida, Sailfish can be found in the waters off Miami, Palm Beach, and the Florida Keys. During the winter months, they can also be found in deeper waters off the coast of Central and South Florida. 

Best Equipment

When fishing for Sailfish and other billfish in Florida, it’s important to use heavy-duty fishing gear that can handle the size and strength of these fast-moving fish. Here is a list of recommended equipment:

  • Rod and Reel: A fast-action, high-performance rod paired with a powerful saltwater conventional reel with a high gear ratio is ideal for Sailfish and other billfish.
  • Line: Heavy monofilament or braided line with a high test strength, capable of handling the speed and power of these fish.
  • Hooks: Strong, sharp hooks in a size appropriate for the size of the billfish you are targeting.
  • Terminal Tackle: Swivels, leaders, and sinkers to match the fishing conditions and the type of bait being used.
  • Lures: High-quality lures, such as trolling skirts, ballyhoo, and daisy chains, are often used to catch Sailfish and other billfish in Florida.
  • Harpoons: Harpoons may be used for deep-sea fishing and for catching large billfish, such as marlins.
  • Fishing Reels: Two-speed reels or conventional reels with a high gear ratio are recommended to help you handle the power of these fish.

The article was written by a professional charter captain at Salty Knots Fishing Charters with 15+ years of experience in the Gulf of Mexico. Salty Knots Fishing Charters is a local fishing charter service based out of St. Pete Beach, Florida. “We know what it takes to catch a giant trophy fish!”