Fishing for Sailfish 

Fishing for sailfish can be wildly exciting as sailies are the fastest fish in the ocean - they have been clocked going as fast as 68 mph. To catch them on the fly is normally done by teasing them up to the surface using a selection of hookless lures and bait which are trawled behind the boat. Once you raise a fish, the quick crew remove the baits and you make your cast. This requires team work and you having the ability to make a quick and accurate cast using a 12 weight rod. Do not fear, it does not have to be a long cast. Your aim is to hit the baits as they are lifted out of the water, with the plan being that the sailfish will swap from the bait to your fly. Once hooked they will fight vigorously and take up to a couple of hours to land.

How Frontiers Can Help Your Dream Sailfish Become a Reality 

We have five decades of experience and our services are free. There are no surcharges for our efforts and advice. So why not give our team a call! Remember, we want to speak to you so we can best advise you! Below you will find a list of our fishing experts. Contact one of our consultants and they will do the following for you:

  • Talk you through the options and provide you with impartial advice that you will not receive directly from a lodge. We have 50 years of sporting travel experience!
  • If you like what you hear, we will book your trip and assist with all preparations.
  • Frontiers will provide you with our industry leading pre-trip prior to your departure, which will tell you what to pack and how things will work.
  • If you need equipment, we will put you in touch with some of the most knowledgeable people in the business. They will provide you with exactly what you need.
  • While you travel, Frontiers provides 24-hour emergency contact.

Where can you catch Sailfish? 

Sailfish are found in the Atlantic and also the Indo-Pacific oceans. You can fish for sailfish in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Oman, Panama, Seychelles and various other destinations around the world.

Fishing Tackle for Sailfish?

A 12 weight rod is almost mandatory, combined with a solid saltwater reel.  

Fishing flies for Sailfish?

Our favorite is the Cam Siglar popperhead which is tied in pink. In fact we have a saying: your sailfish fly can be any color as long as it's pink!

Ask The Expert


Specializes in all sporting programs across the company.

Senior Program Manager

Specializes in South America, Mexico, and Iceland fishing programs.

Department Manager

Specializes in South America fishing and shooting departments. Plus, fishing in Mongolia and Canada.

Senior Program Manager

Specializes in Belize, Cabo San Lucas and American West fishing programs.

UK Managing Director


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