one has ever forgotten the sight of his or her first sailfish with
its magnificent blue and silver body and the fan of its giant dorsal
fin flashing in the light. These animals are so magnificent it is
hard to believe there can be more than one of them on earth, but
they are found throughout the tropical and semi-tropical waters
of all oceans. Sailfish are very popular with sport fishermen. In
the United States, sailfish are not taken commercially except as
incidental catch in Pacific longline and gillnet fisheries. Possession
is prohibited for U.S. commercial vessels fishing in the Atlantic.
Pacific sailfish are generally larger than their Atlantic cousins.
The International Game Fish Association world record for Pacific
sailfish of 221 pounds was set in 1947; the record for Atlantic
sailfish of 128 pounds was set in 1974.