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Found in tropical and subtropical waters near land masses, usually in depths over 6 fathoms, but occasionally caught in lessor depths and from ocean piers. Pelagic and seasonally migratory, sailfish usually travel alone or in small groups. They feed mostly in midwater along the edges of reefs or current edies. The greatest fishing action is found where sailfish are located on or near the surface. Diet includes squid, octopus, mackerels, tunas, jacks, herring, ballyhoo, needlefish, flying fish, mullet and other small fishes. Fishing methods include trolling with strip baits, whole mullet or ballyhoo, plastic lures, feathers or spoons, as well as live bait fishing and kite fishing from boats using jacks, mullet and other small live baits.

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