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Since the early 1970s, Angola has always been regarded as THE place for the biggest Atlantic Sailfish. The majority of IGFA world records, including the All-Tackle Record, were caught off Angola. Luanda and Lobito, continue to be the best locations for the largest Atlantic sailfish. If you have your eyes on an Atlantic sailfish record, then this is the place to fish. In the past few years the Sailfish action has actually improved and on good days, it is not uncommon to raise double digit sailfish at peak times. Unlike their Pacific counterparts, you will find that these Atlantic Sails, are very stubborn and put up a much harder fight. 100 pounders (45kg) are not that rare but the average fish are around 70 pounds (35kg). We mostly fish 30lb spinning or conventional tackle for them, but if you are after a specific line class record or wish to catch them on fly fishing tackle, we are happy to use whatever technique you prefer.
The best times for sailfish are mid-October to mid-December off Luanda and then the fish move South and seem to concentrate off Lobito from February until mid-April. We follow the fish South to Lobito in January.