There is an old joke among offshore fishermen: If you want to catch sailfish, wait until the wind is howling, the rain is falling, the waves are breaking and their air is chilly. Winter, it seems, is the time these pelagic predators feed most voraciously.
But every now and then, especially during the month of August, offshore anglers fishing for dolphin, wahoo and tuna, may cross the path of one of these prized billfish. …