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Old 06-13-2010, 02:18 PM
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Just wondering....Caught me 1st sail today and was wondering if they were good to eat? Red Meat? White Meat? Anyways here's a picture of it. It was Released.

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I have heard the old-timers say that they smoked them, but we release all billfish.
In the third world, they keep and eat sailfish.


On a side note, the largest consumer of sailfish is the USA. It is imported for dog food!






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Ive had it smoked and its very good.
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I heard a mate say it looked like the color of salmon and was very good. As long as its being consumed no harm in keeping one to eat. I've caught 3 on my boat and realesed 3 but i've been contemplating eating the next one i catch.
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Congrats on the Sail

Never had it myself but did have a Capt that I use to fish with a lot said years ago they used to eat them all the time before C&R was popular. He said is was decent but nothing to brag about but then again he told me he was comparing that to mahi, wahoo and tuna so not a fair comparison
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Ive had it smoked and its very good.
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Congrats on your first caught
We have had a great run in Miami and Ft Lauderdale this year

Occasionally I have one to the boat that doesn't make it. If its a gut hook, its curtains .

They are great tasting smoked. Great for smoked fish dip too. Can bake or grill and very good cooked in tin foil with sliced zucchini and onion and add white wine in it. Serve with rice.

The one in the pic looks like he was not going to make it. Color change and what appears to be blood is a tell all sign. That would have been one for harvest

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Congrats on your first caught
We have had a great run in Miami and Ft Lauderdale this year

Occasionally I have one to the boat that doesn't make it. If its a gut hook, its curtains .

They are great tasting smoked. Great for smoked fish dip too. Can bake or grill and very good cooked in tin foil with sliced zucchini and onion and add white wine in it. Serve with rice.

The one in the pic looks like he was not going to make it. Color change and what appears to be blood is a tell all sign. That would have been one for harvest
You are a sick bastard. You would kill and eat a sailfish. Shows what a sportsman you are. BTW when I introduced myself at the fuel dock I tried to be nice but you were not so friendly and did not answer a couple questions that we had about your boat.
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You are a sick bastard. You would kill and eat a sailfish. Shows what a sportsman you are.
#1 Dont insult and call names . . . THT rule

#2 He said he releases but that a gut-hooked sailfish has no chnace of surviving after being released

#3 If a fish is going to die because of an accidental gut hook-up, you have two options . . . eat it yourself, or let it sink and the crabs will eat it as it rots on the bottom . . . my choice is to eat it myself

PS If I catch billfish I do my best to release it . . . to date I have been lucky and been able to release the billfish . . . but I know that one day one will die, that is inevitable

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This post should piss both sides off.

The fish in TBS's photo may not die. I've tagged and released sailfish in that condition, or worse (stomach out the mouth & bleeding) and have had the tags returned. It sure has a better chance of survival in the water than in a cooler. And I commend TBS for not removing the fish from the water for pix, even though it was his first sail. BTW, I'm all for C&R, but will kill a sail (about 1 a year) for smoked fish spread, especially if I have no other fish in the smoker. Sailfish are in no way a pressured specie.
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Just as a reminder to folks. The keeping of ANY billfish in the U.S. requires the angler (actually the boat) to possess a HMS permit that is purchased BEFORE you catch and keep the fish -- that includes sailfish.

Other fish that require an HMS permit are:

Bluefin Tuna
Yellowfin Tuna
Bigeye Tuna
Skipjack Tuna
Blackin Tuna do NOT require a permit
All Marlin
Swordfish
Sailfish
Spearfish

Here's a link to site where they can be purchased online.

http://www.hmspermits.gov/

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Thanks for the replies.

It was just too nice of a fish to kill. We had a pretty stuffed Box full of large AJ's and a few Kingfish. The skin of the sail felt very different. It was just a amazing catch. And very rare catching 1 50miles within te West Coast of FL.
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It was just too nice of a fish to kill. We had a pretty stuffed Box full of large AJ's and a few Kingfish. The skin of the sail felt very different. It was just a amazing catch. And very rare catching 1 50miles within te West Coast of FL.
Certainly an excellent catch by your crew.

They're not uncommon here off West Central FL (Tampa/St. Pete) in the summer months through Sept/Oct. Sailfish are the most shallow water of the billfish and can be caught in relatively shallow water -- they follow the baitfish. Hit one of our artificial reefs and put out a live bait on a flatline and you just don't know what'll strike: Sailfish, Wahoo, Blackfin, or a Lizardfish .

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It was just too nice of a fish to kill. We had a pretty stuffed Box full of large AJ's and a few Kingfish. The skin of the sail felt very different. It was just a amazing catch. And very rare catching 1 50miles within te West Coast of FL.
Do you eat king and AJ's normally?
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I have heard the old-timers say that they smoked them, but we release all billfish.
In the third world, they keep and eat sailfish.


On a side note, the largest consumer of sailfish is the USA. It is imported for dog food!


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WOW, that sucks. I have heard it is good table fare but would obviously never keep one.
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Do you eat king and AJ's normally?
Kings are tasty, fresh, if you like the taste of strong fish. I love them. And nothing makes better dip than King and then AJ.
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Kings are tasty, fresh, if you like the taste of strong fish. I love them. And nothing makes better dip than King and then AJ.
I've eaten king before... touch fishy. Soaked in sprite overnight and fried in beer batter works well. I wanted to keep an AJ the other day but my friend was like "NOOO!!! they have worms" and threw it back.
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I have heard the old-timers say that they smoked them, but we release all billfish.
In the third world, they keep and eat sailfish.


On a side note, the largest consumer of sailfish is the USA. It is imported for dog food!






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Yup,we let other countries do the dirty work. If you dont see it,it must not be happening. Close down our commercial fishery and support 3rd world countries fishery??
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I've eaten king before... touch fishy. Soaked in sprite overnight and fried in beer batter works well. I wanted to keep an AJ the other day but my friend was like "NOOO!!! they have worms" and threw it back.

The larger AJ's 30+ pounds will have worms in them. Not a big deal, just pick them out when your done fileting them. They taste very good. I just hate it when I get back to the dock, the box smells like crap...LITERALLY! They $hit allover when they are dead. LOL
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you are a sick bastard. You would kill and eat a sailfish. Shows what a sportsman you are. Btw when i introduced myself at the fuel dock i tried to be nice but you were not so friendly and did not answer a couple questions that we had about your boat.
wtf? Really?
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Didn't really want to start a fire in the mess tent

Obviously Pinfish has not tasted a sailfish. They are not endangered as many people think LOL. I'm not going to bother to say what I think because it was said in a couple op`s already. Precisely what I was thinking when I read what the Dr wrote.

I can tell you that this year I have not had to harvest a sailfish and do believe that we have had a record year for them caught and being close inshore. My best day of all time fishing for sails was on two kites and 5 anglers on my boat went 10 hookups and 8 to the boat with clean healthy releases. All live bait on pilchards and Herring caught on sabiki rigs inside the inlet.

If I sounded gruff to anyone, sorry I call it like I see it some of us have different opinions. I didn't shoot bambi or harpoon flipper, rob a bank or run over your kid at the parade. The truth is they are good eating and sorry to tell but Marlin is the same and prepped right is tasty.

Prop blast is very correct but many people buy the permit and do not know you have to call them in when caught. This can be also done online so you don't need to even make the call. Don't be afraid to do so. I never heard of the fish police come and grab an angler after reporting the catch.

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For the record, As far as answering questions about my boat at a crowded busy fuel dock. You could have sent a PM to me. Did you not see other boats waiting to get up to the dock for fuel and or supplies. I know I waited, I'm sure you did too. It is most polite to the vendor and other customers to be prompt to let others tie up and not to sit and take up time and space.

As far as your remark of me being a sick bastard. Well thats your opinion and I have been called much worse. I have some grown kids and they have thought much worse of me at times for sure. My oldest is probably about your age and has said things very similar to your remark. If you are going to operate that vessel of yours maybe shut up, grow up, listen, and observe your surroundings a bit more. Wisdom comes from within as well as age and experience. Next time use your inner wisdom and post positive for the mans first Sailfish.
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