I don't know for sure, but I'd bet Andy said that about Pacific sailfish and not marlin. Believe me, that comment can often be true with sails. I have never found it to be true with marlin. I've had marlin up into the teasers several times and never had a hookup. A lot of times they're gone before you even get the cast out there. They don't tend to hang around anywhere near as long as the sails.
I don't think there are many that would put sailfish ahead of tarpon as far as casting and presentation goes. I do, however, agree with josko as far as the actual fight with a billfish being superior to tarpon, although with sails it usually doesn't last nearly as long.