Blue Marlin Fishing
Blue Marlin Fishing Introduction
The Blue Marlin, is a billfish with an elongated body, a spear like bill or snout, and a long rigid dorsal fin, which extends forward to form a crest. Marlin are incredibly fast swimmers, reaching speeds of about 68 miles per hour. The larger species include the Atlantic Blue Marlin, which can reach over 19 feet in length and 1,800 pounds in weight. Marlin are rarely table fare, most Blue Marlin fishing is mainly catch and release sport fishing.
Blue Marlin Fishing Locations & Seasons
Blue marlin can be found in tropical and warm temperate waters around the globe, mostly in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is the most tropical of the billfish and is often found in waters near the equator. In eastern Pacific waters, they can be found in an area generally from southern California along the coast of Mexico to Peru in South America. Marlin fishing season starts in August in the remote Southern Pacific waters off Golfito and Puerto Jiménez. High season for anglers is January through March, though it can kick off as early as October.
Blue Marlin Fishing Techniques
Blue marlin are aggressive fish that respond well to the splash, bubble trail and action of well presented artificial lures. Marlin lures are produced in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Rigged natural baits have been used by sport fishermen seeking blue marlin since the 1930s and are still popular. Rigged natural baits are sometimes combined with an artificial lure or skirt to make “skirted baits” or “bait/lure combinations”. Blue Marlin also feed on live bait, this diet can include tuna, mackerel, squid, octopus and any number of fish species indigenous to the environment. When planning your next fishing outing visit our fishing charter directory page to link up with the world’s top deep sea fishing charter services to take you and your party out to where monster Marlin roam. Whether in the Atlantic or Pacific, we’ll find the right outfit for you.
Blue Marlin Sporting Qualities
Most believe Blue Marlin are the most sought after of all the ocean sport fish. A super strong and powerful billfish, blue marlin will fight hard and run fast for many hours on end, especially when you are hooked up to a very large marlin. They can suddenly dive to deep water and can make wild jumps like some type of fish acrobatic. With impressive endurance, it is not uncommon to see a hooked fish make up to 40 or more spectacular jumps. The Blue Marlin can be a true test of an angler’s deep sea fishing skills.
Blue marlin feed primarily near the surface, though they occasionally dive to deeper water to feed, depending on where their prey is found. Their diet consists mostly of fish and other sea life found near the surface and is highly dependent upon location. Marlin fishing can provide anglers with the fish story of a lifetime. Visit our Marlin fishing guide and Marlin fishing charter page to find out more about marlin fishing trips. For your Blue Marlin fishing trip visit our charters page to connect with an seasoned professional fishing charter service who will make your experience one that you will not soon forget!