The incredible power and beauty of a catch marlin is an unforgettable experience to behold. These migratory fish are voracious predators that use their bill to slice and bash their prey. With their wild acrobatics and ridiculous strength, they are a truly remarkable game fish that should be targeted with heavy tackle and a professional captain.
The four different species of Marlin (Blue, Striped, Black and White) all have distinct characteristics that help distinguish them from one another. Their bodies are shorter and lighter than other rostrum fish, with a low dorsal fin and a short, wide bill. They are also more acrobatic than other fish and tend to jump higher out of the water. They are also more difficult to hook because of their fast, powerful fights.
Chasing Giants: Exploring the Best Marlin Fishing Destinations Around the World
There are several prime spots to target big Blue and Black Marlin around the world. The whole stretch of Atlantic coastline that runs along the equator to the west of Africa has great Marlin fishing from August through December, including Cape Verde. The Canary Islands, especially Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura have a great Blue Marlin season from May through October as well. Further north, the Portuguese island of Madeira is productive all year round, and the Azores are a good spot for Blue Marlin as well.
In the Pacific, Waihau Bay and Cape Runaway in New Zealand are famous for producing big Blue Marlin, with a few over 1000 lb caught over the last decade. San Diego also has a decent Marlin season from September through November, and many international anglers make the trip to western Cabo in Mexico for the Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin tournament every February.