Sailfish

(Istiophorus albicans)

 

 

Maturity at: 120 cm in length

Max Published Size: 315 cm and 128 pounds

TnT Record: 80 pounds (unofficial)

TnT Season: Year round with peaks from Oct to May

IUCN status: Least concern

 

 

General Information: Highly prized oceanic species normally found near the surface and above the thermocline, but also capable of descending to deep water, as much as 600 ft. Known to often migrate to waters near the shore. Sometimes it can form small schools or groups of 3 to 30 individuals, but normally occur in loose aggregations over a wide area.  Sailfish have been  recorded to reach speeds up to 110 km/h (68 mph), which is one of the highest speeds reported in any marine fish.  Feed mainly on small pelagic fish but also takes bottom-dwelling organisms. Females grow larger. Utilized fresh, canned and frozen.  Relatively abundant in Tobago waters from October to May.

 

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Sailfish