Tackle: 20- to 30-pound conventional tackle is used most often, but spinning gear is an excellent alternative for pitching baits at sailfish feeding on the surface. In the hands of a seasoned angler, lighter tackle can also be a formidable weapon. And with the help of an experienced crew, fly-fishing maximizes sport and excitement. Lacking the sharp teeth found in various other popular offshore species, sailfish do not require wire leaders. Nevertheless, the rasp-like texture of their bill calls for 50- to 80-pound mono or fluorocarbon leaders. Circle hooks, which prevent gut-hooking and greatly increase the probability of a successful release, have become the norm at most top sailfish destinations.