More and more fly fishermen are experiencing the incredible thrill of catching their first sailfish on fly.
Many have gotten hooked at the adrenalin rush and keep coming back to get their fix and experience the excitement over and over again every year.
Kuala Rompin has a huge part to play in this – by offering large numbers of sailfish (higher chances of success) and affordability.
BETTER NUMBERS BETTER POSSIBILITIES
Large numbers of sailfish is crucial to your chances of success. Billfish can be notoriously difficult to catch on artificial lure, let alone on fly.
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COMING, COMING, CAST!
Trolling teasers to raise sailfish is the most popular method by far for billfishing, for fly fishing and even conventional gear with baited hooks. A proven technique nonetheless.
Here’s how it works – a billfish spread of hookless teasers are trolled behind the boat. Once one or more sailfish comes to investigate these fleeing baitfish, the crew plays a catch and mouse game to agitate the sailfish and lure them in to within casting distance.
The fly angler must by now be ready with rod in hand and have enough fly line out of the rod tip to present the fly when signaled to do so.
BAIT AND SWITCH
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 your fly and swim away with it and your line comes tight.
Line management comes next and before you know it you’re into your backing, your reel is screaming like you’ve never heard it do before and one angry sailfish tail walking behind the transom.
Other methods we’ve 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’ve also had some success with casting to free swimming sailfish. This is like the ultimate sight fishing thrill but let me preempt you, it is extremely frustrating.
Although incredibly rewarding the last two methods have proven to be also incredibly difficult. If you are a skilled fly caster and the opportunities presents itself, you should have a go at it. Who knows?
Should you have any questions about fly fishing for sailfish, wish to make a booking or enquire about available dates, please contact us.