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February 09, 2011

15 Great Sailfish Spots

Whether you want triple-digit trophies, double-digit-release days or both, here are 15 great sailfish spots in three oceans where you can make it happen

Africa, Angola

When it comes to Atlantic sailfish, Angola has long been ­associated with big fish since the current all-tackle world-record Atlantic sailfish was taken here in 1994, along with most of the 100-plus-pound records. This is one reason that interest in Angola remains high among sailfish enthusiasts.

Why You Should Go: Triple-digit sails aren't at all unlikely. Seas are usually flat and the run to fish short; sportfishing pressure is light. Blue marlin in the 500-pound range prowl the same waters (and frequently take sailfish baits).

But... Definitely not a numbers place; a few shots per day would be good. The U.S. State Department says safety has improved markedly in Angola in recent years but still advises caution in travel. Anglers seriously interested in fishing here should consult the contact source listed for more information as well as finding a boat to charter (though day rates are not likely to be bargains).

Contact: Iain Nicolson (IGFA representative in Luanda) via e-mail at