Wishing I was fishing. Escape winter for Sailfish adventure in Warmer Destinations By Justin Suarez

Mr. Sailfish coming in for a closer look.

With Christmas and the holidays around the corner and the temperatures in the Northeast dropping rapidly as the polar vortex approaches it’s time to think of southern destinations!

From Jupiter,Florida all the way down to the Florida Keys the Sailfish bite will start getting off to a hot start. There are many different approaches and tactics for sailfish from kite fishing and live baiting but one of my favorites is running and gunning.


Schooling Ballyhoo, awesome rig bait for Sailfish.


The sailfish are corralling the ballyhoo into tight, frightened schools and exploding into those bait balls at over 60mphs! The trick is to cruise and keep eyes peeled in every direction for what looks like “raining bait.” This is where you want to be! The sailfish have the bait balls in a frenzy and the bait between their fear and the sailfish attacking them with their sweeping bills, are literally flying out of the water at such speed and frequency that it looks as if the sky is raining down bait! Run and gun to that spot and the choice is yours send out a live ballyhoo or goggle eye and get ready for an awesome hookup with one of the most acrobatic and beautiful fish in our oceans!!


Sailfish on his way after a perfect release.

When live baiting these fish I love using the Accurate SR 20, it allows me the versatility of easy flipping of the bait with more accuracy and let’s be honest it’s just a pure bad ass way of catching billfish! If you are looking for a light tackle challenge use a SR-12 spoiled with ten pound braid and get ready for a fight of a lifetime. Most people like conventionals for Sailfish but there is something about catching them on the most powerful spinning reels in the world that make my fishing senses tingle!

By |2016-12-14T14:28:19+00:00December 14th, 2016|Fishing|2 Comments

About the Author:

Ben Secrest is a California native and learned to fish from his father at an early age. He spent his youth fishing freshwater every weekend and graduated into saltwater fishing as a teenager. Working in the fishing industry for over 30 years has given him the opportunity to fish globally throughout his career. Fishing is not only his passion but runs through his veins. No mater where and when if its biting he will be there. He has passed on his passion to his children and enjoys educating the public on fishing any way he can. The saying "Life through fishing, Fishing through life" reflects his mission in life. He has worked at AFTCO, Shimano, and the last 13 years at Accurate as the Marketing Manager. You can talk to Ben online through the Tawk app or e-mail him at info#accuratefishing.com


  1. peter santini December 17, 2016 at 4:13 am - Reply

    Nice Justin. When you coming marlin fishing with me in Galapagos?

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