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Species Spiels: Sailfish (Istophorus Platypterus), by Nick Martin

Sailfish (Istophorus Platypterus), by Nick Martin

Sailfish (Istophorus platypterus)

Last September I took an exploratory Fishabout trip to a little place in Malaysia called Kuala Rompin. This place is famous for huge aggregations of juvenile Sailfish and the odd juvenile Black Marlin. So if all goes to plan hopefully you will this hot fishing spectacle on the Fishabout books very soon. For expressions of interest please contact our bookings office on 02) 8922 2651.

Common names: Sailfish, Bayonet fish, Indo-Pacific Sailfish, Sail.

Identifying features: Sailfish have a dorsally compressed/cigar shaped body and powerful tail built for speed. They have a long needle shaped bill (which is actually a modified upper jaw) typical of billfish and a unique dorsal fin (sail) stands almost twice as high as the body is deep.

The brightness of the body colour is variable depending upon the level of excitement however it is consistently dark blue dorsally with white and brown spots ventrally.

Size and lifecycle: This species reaches a maximum length of around 340cm and can weigh in at up to just over 100kg. In fact the world record sailfish was caught at Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos and weighed in at 100.24kg and was 327.7 cm in length. The record Australian sailfish weighed in at 88.75 kg and was caught off Lord Howe island

Sailfish initially develop quickly with a 1 years old specimen likely to weigh as much as 15kg. This growth rate does slow down considerably after their second year of life. They are also fairly long lived as well with both males and females living till they are about 12 years old.

Diet:  Sailfish are opportunistic carnivores. The generally just eat cephalopods and fishes. They are known to be attacked by pelagic sharks and killer whales however this is only when they have been hooked by tuna long liners. They are not known to have any natural predators.

Distribution: Sailfish are a surface pelagic fish which remain above the thermocline in water temperatures between 21˚c and 28˚c. They are very widespread. In Australia they are particularly common in tropical waters from Exmouth all the way around Northern Australia Brisbane.

Eating Qualities:  Sailfish are rarely eaten as the flesh is tough. They are a fantastic sports fish so it makes much more sense releasing them to be caught another day.

Fishing techniques:  In Kuala Rompin sail fish are caught using a number of techniques including drifting with live baits, lure trolling, skip baiting, and also switch baiting. It is possible to sight cast flys or poppers to schools of sailfish which are either teased to the boat or simply cruising around independently.

Because the Sailfish are fairly small if Kuala Rompin (15-30kg) it is possible to use relatively light tackle. For this trip i have a Daiwa Demon blood PE 3-5 matched with a Shimano Stella 8000SWPG.  It is possible to go much lighter as a friend of mine last year was using a certate 3500! But i am of the belief that there is a fine line balancing the fight time and anglers pleasure with giving the fish the best chance of survival at release.

 

 

Stuart Reid's 50lb Pending World Record PNG Black Bass

Pending World Record Black Bass

Papuan Black Bass are renowned the world over as the toughest pound for pound freshwater fish in the world, and the place to find the biggest Black Bass is PNG's Gulf province. The current all tackle world record Black Bass of 46lbs, and the fish pictured (caught on 19/6/14, by Stuart Reid, Fishabout) which is the pending world record at 50lbs, were both caught from these rivers.

Once you feel the strike you know that no freshwater fish can come close to the power. Watching 100kg guys get knocked over on the strike, reels give way, rods break in half and 130LB pound braid snap from the pound for pound strongest fighting fresh water fish is a sight to behold. If would like to experience the thrill of targeting PNG Black Bass and Barramundi in remote areas with very low fishing pressure contact us now. *2017-18 spots selling now* ... read more

Kadavu Island - Great Astrolabe Reef

Fiji Macky

The pristine Fiji Islands are home to the South Pacific's finest sport and game fish, including massive GT's, monster dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, dolphin fish, wahoo, spanish mackerel, black marlin, blue marlin and plenty of reef fish. Many of these species are endemic to the Great Astrolabe Reef (one of the largest barrier reefs in the world), which is the reef that encompasses Kadavu Island, Fiji.Fishabout now offer 6 and 8 day fishing packages to explore this marine wonder of the world, which include 3 and 5 days fishing respectively. For more information call us on (02)8922 2651 or click here

Endyalgout Remote Fishing Camp

Sunset at Endyalgout

Fishabout is pleased to now offer remote fishing trips to Endyalgout Island, one of the best fishing locations in Australia. (Nestled on the south east of the Coburg Penninsula).

Situated on a shell grit beach under shady trees, are several permanent tropical friendly safari style tents, raised on wooden platforms.

Looking out past the resident Crocodile you can see miles and miles of enticing mangroves, barely touched creeks, rivers, rock bars and channels, all calling your name.

From monster Baramundi up to 130cm, to big Black Jewfish, Threadfin Salmon, various Trevallies, and some of the biggest Golden Snaper to be found anywhere, Endyalgout Island is truly a dream to fish.

Pricing ranges from $4350 (4 days, 3 anglers per boat) to $6910 (7 days, 2 anglers per boat)

For more information please call us on (02) 8922 2651 or click here