White Sailfish Spotted in Guatemala

The crew aboard Sails Call recently saw this rare leucistic sailfish in their spread

Leucistic Albino Sailfish Guatemala
The leucistic sailfish lurks behind the teaser.Courtesy Alvaro Jaramillo

Capt. Chris Starrs aboard Sails Call down in Guatemala recently had an unforgettable experience while trolling offshore on December 10. The bite turned on around the moon with many of the captains reporting excellent fishing. On the first day, Starrs and his solo angler, who was exclusively fly-fishing, raised 52 sailfish, got 19 bites and released nine. The next day they saw 28, got bites out of 14 and released seven. During the second day, Starrs spotted a white shape moving through the water in the spread. Expecting another pack of hungry sailfish, he couldn't tell if it was a striped marlin or a sailfish because the fish came into the spread fast and erratic like a striped marlin. But as the fish came up on his teaser, he could tell it was an "albino" sailfish. And while the proper term for the fish is actually leucistic because of the partial loss of pigment, it was something Starrs and his crew had never seen before. The fish teased into the spread, tracked the angler's casted fly and ate. Unfortunately, the angler pulled the hook during the fight so we don't have any photos of the fish boatside, but they did shoot some photos of the fish in the spread and captured the bite.

Check out the photos below of the fish in the spread.

Leucistic Albino Sailfish Guatemala
Another shot of the sailfish getting closer to the teaser.Courtesy Alvaro Jaramillo
Leucistic Albino Sailfish Guatemala
Capt. Chris Starrs said the fish entered the spread incredibly fast. Initially he thought the fish was a striped marlin because of its erratic behavior.Courtesy Alvaro Jaramillo
Leucistic Albino Sailfish Guatemala
The leucistic sailfish tracks the angler's fly.Courtesy Alvaro Jaramillo
Leucistic Albino Sailfish Guatemala
The moment of truth.Courtesy Alvaro Jaramillo
Leucistic Albino Sailfish Guatemala
The bite... too bad the hook didn't stick.Courtesy Alvaro Jaramillo
Leucistic Albino Sailfish Guatemala
Another angle of the leucistic sailfish below the surface.Courtesy Alvaro Jaramillo

Thanks to Capt. Chris Starrs from Blue Bayou Guatemala and Alvaro Jaramillo for the incredible photos.