- Written by Misael Fernandez
I get excited every time we talk about Sailfish, not only by the nature of the sailfish activity being away from the civilization but also the way this refined fish hunt is impresive.
Our journey starts early in the morning while our staff prepare the gear and make the final check on the boat, we are all set fuel at full capacity, ice and snaks on board, it is 7:30 am and the tension is high while we recive the first clients some of them are old friends some new folks, we try the gear and we start to settled up to prepare for the briefing then questions start to arrise, what do you think will be spot sailfish today?, how is weather like?, are they far away from the island?, well is complicated to spot sailfish because is a mixture of diferent factors that alow us to swim with them being weather the most important one but once we keep going with the briefing everyone start to become clear that we all have the same goal today, spot sailfish in the open sea and have a great time.
At 8:15 que are leaving the dock with our adventurers, there is at least 30 miles ahead of us before we can see some signs of action on the vast ocean, after 2 hours the first groups of birds start to come together in the sky on the north-east keeping and eye on the birds the captain manovers his way in that direction, it looks promising while traveling fast and getting closer to the action we realize that was a family of dolphins going after some baitfish, we start to take pictures of the dolphins while observe other areas in the horizon, the moral is really high as we realize we are in the area and the show can start at anytime.
Standing still for few minutes we scan the horizon with our binoculars and bingo another 4 miles ahead it looks like birds just started to dive down rushing in to the water, as we get ready gearing up we get close to what at first seems to be again dolphins but as we get closer the vibrant dorsal fin of a sailfish sticks out of the water for few seconds while a couple of bird follows above very closely. Confimed is sailfish and they just herd and acorralated a group of sardines underneat the boat, the sardines desperatly are trying to find a way out bouncing back and forwart but the amount of sailfish in the area way to organized and big in numbers whn we realize there is no way for them to escape.
Ready to swim?
We get into the water and start to aproach them closely, they are aware of our prescence but dont feel treathended, we are just another fish in the ocean trying to get some bate. Sailfish speed up and controls the sardines with the tip of his spear damaging them and eating them in just few seconds, the sardines swim away close to the surface and are boarded by birds that dive in to the water la torpedos the groups of sardines spreads making them easy prey for sailfish and so one after one the bait fish ball created by the stressed sardines gets smaller and smaller until only an handfull sardines are left and sailfish starts to leave and dive down into the deep. Less than 30 minutes have past and we just obseved one of the biggest hunting shows in the ocean, sporadic aperances of sailfish and sardines are time events of the nature not easy observable anywere else on the world, after some more encounters with sailfish is time to start our long way back home, we are at 42 miles now will take us about 2 hours to get back to Isla Mujeres, but on board we all agree, is worth it.