Sailfish | Istiophorus platypterus

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Common Name: Sailfish
Species Name: Istiophorus platypterus

Sailfish are brilliantly coloured with a cobalt blue sail like dorsal fin and the upper body being deep purplish blue fading to a silvery belly area with vertical lines of blue spots running the length of the body.

The sailfish’s dorsal fin can be twice the hight of the body. Sailfish are one of Australia’s smallest billfish and are most common up to 30 to 50kg however can reach lengths of 3.5 metres and weight of up to 100kg.

New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Light Tackle to Medium Tackle.

Skirted Lures, Feather Lures, Metal Spoons, Trolled Baits and Saltwater Fly.

Garfish, Pilchards, Yellowtail, Tailor, Slimy Mackerel and Mullet.

Sailfish Size and Bag Limits

Please Note: Bag limits, minimum and maximum lengths are subject to change and review by your State Fisheries Department.


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