International Game Fish Association

The International Game Fish Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping.

IGFA Go Fish Museum Conservation Educate Give Join
IGFA Headquarters
  

sailfish, atlantic
(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

All-Tackle Records
WeightLocationCatch DateAngler 
64 kg (141 lb 1 oz)Luanda, Angola09-Feb-1994Alfredo de Sousa NevesRecord Details