Sailfish, Pacific (Istiophorus platypterus)

(Shaw & Nodder, 1791); ISTIOPHORIDAE FAMILY; also called spindlebeack, bayonetfish
Inhabits tropical and subtropical waters near land masses, usually in depths over 6 fathoms, but occasionally caught in lesser depths and from ocean piers. Pelagic and migratory, sailfish usually travel alone or in small groups. They appear to feed mostly in midwater along the edges of reefs or current eddies.
Its outstanding feature is the long, high first dorsal which is slate or cobalt blue with a scattering of black spots. The second dorsal fin is very small. The bill is longer than that of the spearfish,... Read More

 
 

Line Class World Records (Conventional Tackle)

Line Class
Weight
Location
Catch Date
Angler
M-01 kg (2 lb)
50.34 kg (111 lb 0 oz)
Flamingo Bay, Costa Rica
05-Jul-1993
W-01 kg (2 lb)
46.26 kg (102 lb 0 oz)
Flamingo Bay, Costa Rica
19-Jul-1992
W-02 kg (4 lb)
49.80 kg (109 lb 12 oz)
Golfito, Costa Rica
25-Jan-1989
 

Tippet Class World Records (Fly Tackle)

Line Class
Weight
Location
Catch Date
Angler
Tippet M-01 kg (2 lb)
35.46 kg (78 lb 3 oz)
Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
18-Aug-2007
Tippet M-02 kg (4 lb)
42.86 kg (94 lb 8 oz)
Quepos, Costa Rica
09-Jan-1991
Tippet M-03 kg (6 lb)
46.72 kg (103 lb 0 oz)
Quepos, Costa Rica
16-Feb-1995
Tippet M-04 kg (8 lb)
48.30 kg (106 lb 8 oz)
Quepos, Costa Rica
02-Jan-1991
Tippet M-08 kg (16 lb)
56.24 kg (124 lb 0 oz)
Gulf of Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
21-Jul-1989
Tippet M-10 kg (20 lb)
58.96 kg (130 lb 0 oz)
Guanamar, Costa Rica
05-Feb-2002
Tippet W-01 kg (2 lb)
25.85 kg (56 lb 15 oz)
Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica
30-Jan-2008
Tippet W-02 kg (4 lb)
26.90 kg (59 lb 4 oz)
Herradura, Costa Rica
26-Feb-2008
Tippet W-03 kg (6 lb)
41.60 kg (91 lb 12 oz)
Golfito, Costa Rica
24-Apr-2006
Tippet W-04 kg (8 lb)
40.15 kg (88 lb 8 oz)
Golfito, Costa Rica
12-Mar-2006
 

Junior & Smallfry World Records

Line Class
Weight
Location
Catch Date
Angler
F-Smallfry
41.79 kg (92 lb 2 oz)
Herradura, Costa Rica
12-Mar-2004

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