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One of the world's great gamefish, Sailfish are also among the most easily identified species. The dorsal fin runs along almost the entire back. It's a towering, wispy, sail-like fin, a deep iridescent blue with blue or black spots on the "sail" fin sides. The back of the fish also is dark, almost glowing blue, and vertical stripes mark the fish's flanks, especially when first caught or still held in the water. A long pointed "bill" grows from the fish's nose.

Size: Average 25 to 50 pounds, a few to 80 pounds. Fish in the 100-pound range are caught in Florida, but are giants for the species. Sails grow fast, up to 5 feet in length in a single year, so they are eating machines that are quick to hit anglers' offerings.

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