Seeking the Sailfish Off Oahu
One of the rarest and most beautiful fish to be found in Hawaiian waters, the Pacific Sailfish doesn’t show up often, but when it does, you’ll recognize it on sight. Hooking a fish like this is sure to give you an experience to remember, and if you manage to reel it in, you’ll earn respect and renown throughout the fishing world.
Sail Fishing in the Waters of Oahu
The Pacific Sailfish rarely makes its way into our island’s waters, making it hard to estimate a specific time of year that is best for seeking it. When it is present, it can be easily identified by its large and beautiful sail, which displays a mixture of dark blue and lavender colors. You can catch it with live mackerel or google eyes. This fish is closely related to the marlin, meaning that when you hook it, it is likely to begin leaping about, making for an intense and exhausting fishing experience. It only weighs 45 pounds on average, limiting the danger and difficulty of reeling it in, but the largest specimens in Hawaiian history have reached nearly 120 pounds. You thus shouldn’t seek this fish unless you are prepared to fight.