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Billfish Fishing Holidays

The real thrill of Big Game fishing is fishing for Billfish. The Billfish family consists of Blue, Black, White, Striped Marlin, Swordfish & Sailfish all that provide the most exhilarating fishing this planet has to offer. All of our destinations are hand picked and some specialise in only one of the 6 species. What you will find with all our destinations is the top boats & crews and Sportquest Holidays will also make sure you are only fishing at the peak season time to catch the species of Billfish of your choice.

Panama Sport Fishing Lodge | Panama

Every sport fisherman has heard of stories of how world-class the fishery is in Panama and it's no wondering when Panama is the home to so many IGFA records of all manner of species and our lodge is right in the thick of it. The Gulf of Chiriquí is a real treasure of Panama and with the likes of world-renowned areas such as Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa being the fishing grounds.. Read more

  Category: Big Game Fishing, Fishing Holidays, Popper & Jig Fishing
   Season: All Year

Blue Marlin Fishing | La Gomera | Canary Islands

La Gomera is the ideal big game fishing destination for anyone who does not like long flights. It is also perfect for a family fishing holiday as the island is packed with other attractions to keep the entire family entertained.  You will be fishing some of Europe’s most prolific waters for species such as Blue Marlin and massive Giant Bluefin Tuna. A big advantage of this fishing holiday is that all fishing tackle is included... Read more

  Category: Big Game Fishing
   Season: All Year

Crocodile Bay Resort | Hosted Big Game Fishing | Costa Rica

This is a very exclusive trip based on only a few anglers plus our very own host, Paul Stevens. Paul has been big game fishing all over the world from Africa to Mauritius and has a few billfish under his belt. If you have wanted to go big game fishing but struggled to find other friends to travel with then now is the perfect time to join us... Read more

  Category: Big Game Fishing, Family Fishing, Hosted Fishing, Hosted Hosted Popper, Jig & Big Game Fishing Holidays
   Season: November to April

Dogtooth Tuna Fishing | Hawkins Bank | Rodrigues | Mauritius

This fishing adventure is like no others out there! Rodrigues Island offers anglers a unique opportunity to fish for some incredible species. The fishing style used is completely down to you as the itinerary can be completely tailored to suit how you wish to fish and the species you wish to target. In addition to this, we some excellent tackle package waiting on board for you to use completely free of charge... Read more

  Category: Big Game Fishing, Popper & Jig Fishing, Hosted Hosted Popper, Jig & Big Game Fishing Holidays
   Season: All Year

Dogtooth Tuna Fishing | Hosted | Rodrigues Island | Mauritius

Due to the amazing fishing at Rodrigues Island, Sportquest Holidays made the decision to put on their very own hosted Jig fishing trip to the fish packed waters that surround Rodrigues Island in Mauritius. This trip is for the anglers out there who seek adventure and excitement with some pretty extreme fishing for fish that absolutely pull your arms off... Read more

  Category: Big Game Fishing, Fishing Holidays, Hosted Fishing, Popper & Jig Fishing, Hosted Hosted Popper, Jig & Big Game Fishing Holidays
   Season: All Year
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Additional Information

The Billfish family are one of the most unmistakable species of fish that you will find in the ocean. These fish cruise the ocean looking for prey and when they do they smash their way through the big ole balls of bait that they hoard together, slashing away with their formidable bills stunning the fish and breaking the balls up enabling them to pick out their prey items. The Billfish is known as one of the hardest fighting and fastest running fish in the world’s oceans and this is why many anglers travel thousands of miles around the world to catch the Billfish of their dreams.

Name: Billfish

Scientific Name: Istiophoridae


Where to catch Billfish

Billfish occur worldwide in both temperate and tropical waters. They are a highly migratory species of oceanic fish, spending much of their time following major ocean currents. Billfish usually avoid inshore waters unless there is a deep drop-off close to the land, normally they swim along the edge of the continental shelf where cold nutrient rich up-wellings can fuel large schools of fish.

Billfish can be found here, cruising and feeding on all the prey fish that live there. Destinations such as Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala in South America are fantastic destinations to head to for some amazing Billfish angling. Other top destinations to travel to for the chance of a monster Billfish include Tenerife and La Gomera where the chance of a 1000lb plus fish is a real possibility.

Fishing methods for Billfish

Billfish are among the most sought after of big gamefish, and major recreational fisheries allow anglers to fish for these amazing creatures. You will find many boats designed specifically for targeting Billfish, these are expensive purpose-built offshore vessels with powerfully driven deep sea hulls.

They are often built to luxury standards and equipped with many technologies to ease the life of the deep sea recreational fisherman, including outriggers, flying bridges and fighting chairs, and state of the art fish-finders and navigation electronics. When fishing for Billfish the boats cruise along the edge of the continental shelf where many Billfish can be found down to 200 metres (600 ft).

Billfish are sometimes caught deeper down the water column by drifting with live bait fish such as ballyhoo, striped mullet or bonito. Alternatively Billfish can be caught by trolling at the surface with dead bait or trolling lures designed to imitate bait fish.


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