Sailfish are a genusIstiophorus of billfish living in warmer sections of all the oceans of the world. They are predominantly blue to gray in color and have a characteristic erectile dorsal fin known as a sail, which often stretches the entire length of the back. Another notable characteristic is the elongated bill, resembling that of the swordfish and other marlins. They are therefore described as billfish in sport-fishing circles.
HABITAT: Like the other Bill fishes, the Sailfish is considered an ocean species, but generally can be found closer to land than the rest, seeming to prefer areas where coral reefs and/or freshwater runoffs mingle with ocean water. At times, particularly in Southeast Florida, the Sailfish comes right into the surf and quite a few have been caught over the years from beaches and piers.
FOOD VALUE: Very good broiled or smoked, and should be kept if inadvertently killed. Protected commercially.
GAME QUALITIES: Unsurpassed in its size range for combined strength and spectacle.
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