Sailfish season is here again and I personally, really enjoy this season. It is a big exciting fish that gets your heart pumping with every jump, pull on the line and show it puts on.
We actually got an early taste of sailfish season this September. It was the first time that I have ever seen such a great sailfish bite that time of year. Even some of the older captains said that they had not seen it like that in September ever.
We had what we call a “tailing condition”, which is when we have a strong North Gulf Stream current against the wind. There is usually green water against the blue water, which creates an edge. We got this condition off Islamorada this last September and there were lots and lots of sailfish in it.
With the hard current and the wind, it pushes the sailfish to the surface where they can be easily spotted. All the guys in our area with towers were riding up and down the edge spotting them and then casting a bait to the fish. It was a productive time with lots of boats releasing big numbers of sailfish.
Our boat does not have a tower, but we were able to put a kite spread out on the edge and had great success as well. I even got my 7 year-old son out there to catch him his very first sailfish. Something he and I will remember for a very long time.
As quick as the condition appeared though, a few days later it disappeared and the sailfish were gone. It did, however, give us an itch for the wintertime sailfishing. We have high hopes for a stellar season.
I also need to mention that we had an off mahi season this year, which we can’t really explain. Some say it was El Nino, while others say it was just a cycle where some seasons are better than others, so maybe this is the year of the sails!
For now, it’s time to start stocking up on our live baits and get ready for some amazing shows that these tail walking sailfish can put on!
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