Blue Marlin Fishing – The Fight of a Lifetime

Blue Marlin Fishing - The Fight of a Lifetime

Blue Marlin Fishing – The Fight of a Lifetime

Blue Marlin Fishing – The Fight of a Lifetime Deep Sea fishers prize the speed and spirit of the blue marlin. Here are a few tips that may help you land a rare and magnificent blue marlin.

MASSIVE Blue Marlin Catch in Capcana

by Salt Life

Marlins are popular salt water big game fish that weigh from 100-500 pounds with bodies that can reach 10-13 feet in length. They are found in all major oceans, the Pacific, Indigenous, and Atlantic. Blue marlin are well-known fighters and, therefore, a favorite for deep sea sports fishers. To catch them, you must know their habits and character. (“Blue Marlin Fishing – The Fight of a Lifetime”)

“Also called blue-water fish, marlin spend most of their lives far out at sea following warm ocean currents for thousands of miles.” (“Fishing Forum: Blue Marlin Fishing Facts”) Blue marlin is the most tropical marlin out there. Cobalt blue on top and silvery white on bottom, they have a lethal spear-like upper jaw.

Preferring surface water depths, they are one of the fastest fish in the ocean, clocking up to fifty-six miles per hour. Becoming rarer all the time, they are not yet considered an endangered species. Their meat is a delicacy, especially in Japan, and they are something of a Holy Grail for sports anglers. However, most sports angler catch and release these days.

Although they are believed to live if 15 years, it is hard to find one over ten. And the trophy fish are always female, as males do not often exceed three hundred pounds.

In their natural habitat, the elegantly beautiful blue marlin feeds on many smaller species that anglers can use as bait: tuna, cero, mullet, flying fish, dolphin, whole ballyhoo, skipjacks, bonito, Spanish mackerel, and squid. (“TROLLING FISHING: * Blue Marlin Fishing – The Fight of A …”) “Any of these species, or a combination will give a fishing party plenty of good bait.” (“Blue Marlin Fishing – The Fight of a Lifetime”) Anglers are also successful with brightly colored lures and teasers.

One simple technique that anglers use in marlin fishing is the lure of the bonito bait. (“Blue Marlin Fishing – The Fight of a Lifetime”) “Placing the hook through the tops of their eye sockets keeps the bonito alive for hours, so practice patience.” (“TROLLING FISHING: * Blue Marlin Fishing – The Fight of A …”) You will need half of the line on your reel to fight this stubborn prey. They will try to tire you out, and it will be easily given their size and strength.

When your blue marlin takes the bait, you must reel the line in smoothly and at a steady rate. If the line gets too tight, loosen the slack to give your catch a bit more room. (“TROLLING FISHING: * Blue Marlin Fishing – The Fight of A …”) “This also gives you a short break to catch your breath and prepare for the next struggle.” (“Blue Marlin Fishing – The Fight of a Lifetime”) Loosening the line also helps avoid having the line break, a common way anglers lose their catch.

“Another way to catch blue marlin is based on their hunting behavior.” (“TROLLING FISHING: * Blue Marlin Fishing – The Fight of A …”) Marlins tend to follow schools of fish, where they are more vulnerable to trolling. If you see a marlin doing this, do not drop your bait into the school of fish. They will scatter, and your marlin will be startled and flee. And if the suns in front of him, though, he will not be able to see the bait at all.

The best way to locate blue marlin is to apply modern technology to your hunt. While they are expensive, ultrasound sensors are an effective tool for spotting marlin. (“TROLLING FISHING: * Blue Marlin Fishing – The Fight of A …”) If you decide to invest in one, be sure you are getting the right thing because many fishing gear companies make products designed specifically for one species of game fish or a specific fishing location. It is a sizeable investment, so be sure you are getting an ultrasound sensor that will pick up and signal on blue marlin.

One important thing to remember about blue marlin is their strong will to survive. Your struggle could last hours on end, far beyond your endurance. If you find yourself becoming exhausted when your catch still has a lot of fight, it is best to cut the line rather than putting yourself at risk. (“Blue Marlin Fishing – The Fight of a Lifetime”) But if you do land a blue marlin, you will have a real achievement to talk about for years.

Deep sea fishing for blue marlin is a fantastic adventure that requires forethought and intelligence. When fishing for blue marlin, you should be prepared for a worthy opponent and a challenge. (“Fishing Forum: Blue Marlin Fishing Facts”) But if you get good enough, you can win a trophy and make good money. Getting good enough to land a blue marlin requires strength of will that matches the fight of this noble deep-sea fish.

Best Wishes, Coyalita

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