Several boats are available and they are all 35 foot and have twin outboard engines 150 HP, GPS, fishfinder, live bait tank and all required safety gear. Also they have a rooftop to give the necessary shade that is very welcome during fishing. When live baiting we recommend a maximum of 4 fishermen per boat.
For the fishing all tackle is supplied unconditionally! So as an angler you can fish with peace of mind. Only the best of materials are used from Daiwa and Shimano. More detailed; Saltiga 6500, Dogfight, Twinpower and of course the always perfect TLD20. The rods that are used at this location are Shimano Backbone and Shimano Terez as well as custom built Calstars.
When you want to go fly fishing the gear will be from Sage and Reddington. Also top of the line! The flies for this specific type of fishing are custom built and designed by the owner. But of course you are free to bring your own personal gear and the crew will be happy to assist you and rig it according to the local requirements.
When flyfishing we advise to not go with more than 3 fishermen per boat where one or two are of course better. The reason for this is that only one fly fisherman can have a go at one time. The more fly fishers there are, the more days you need to spend out there on the water to improve your chances.
The fish will be teased to the boat by the bait and switch method. A spread of hookless teasers are trolled behind the boat. Once one or more sailfish come to investigate these fleeing “baitfish”, the team lure them towards the boat within casting distance. The fly angler must by now be ready with the rod in his/her hand and have enough fly line out of the rod tip to present the fly to the fish when signalled by the crew to do so.
The cast will be made after the boat is put out of gear and the teaser is taken out of the water. If everything goes as planned, the sailfish will engulf the fly and swim away with it and your line comes tight. Line management comes next and before you know it you will be into your backing, your reel is screaming like never before and one angry sailfish is tail walking behind the boat.
Other methods that are deployed and had success when fly fishing for sailfish is by casting hookless poppers or lures as teasers. This is done from a drifting boat. We have also had some success with casting to free swimming sailfish. Possibly the ultimate sight fishing thrill which can be extremely challenging and frustrating.
When requested a practice session can be conducted to get the angler comfortable and in synch with the skipper and teaserman. It is very much a team effort and is truly satisfying for the crew too when the angler lands the fish.
All the proper teasing equipment and all stitch baits will be prepared beforehand so you will not have to waste any time looking for bait. All our crew and guides are fully conversant in English.
In case you want to bring your own equipment you should consider the following which the crew will be happy to rig up for you:
- a standup trolling or boat rod 20-30lbs class with matching conventional trolling reel that holds min 400 meters of line
- 6 to 7 ft spinning - jigging outfit 12-16 lbs class for bait catching, jigging and bottom fishing
- an extra 7 ft heavy spinning outfit 30 - 50 lbs class for surface popper casting or sight casting for sailfish
- a class 12 - 15 fly rod with matching reel with a good break system, filled with min 300 meters of 50 lb backing, WF floating line, sailfish flies and leaders
So if you want to catch a sailfish on the fly but have never done it before and might not have the right setup? The crew will supply all the gear, down to the terminal tackle and flies, unconditionally, so you can fish with full peace of mind.
The team will take the time to explain the technique in theory first before hitting the water so the angler understands the why, what, how and when… Having a full understanding only enriches the whole experience.
When fishing with live bait the leader is relatively simple with an Owner 5/0 mutu light circle hook attached to a 60-80lb fluorocarbon leader. When casting with lures, poppers or stick baits 180 degrees opposed hooks trailing about 1 to 2 inch at the end. Smaller versions in the 5 to 7 inch range work best. When fly fishing a tandem rigged Owner 5/0 SSW on an 80lb straight through leader is used as well as custom made flies ranging from 7 to 11 inch.