Blue Marlin Fishing

Blue MarlinMany consider Blue Marlin fishing to be the pinnacle of offshore game fishing. The marlin offers experienced fisherman the size, strength, and power that few other species can. Blue marlins are beautiful in form and capable of incredible fighting ability once hooked. Blue marlins continue to inspire anglers all over the globe to chase them.

Methods

Which fishing techniques and gear a crew uses to pursue blue marlins depends on a few factors. The size of the marlins, local sea conditions, and local traditions all play a role in how to successfully fish for marlin. The most common methods for marlin capture use artificial lures, rigged natural baits and live baits.

Bahamas

The Islands of the Bahamas have long been a favorite destination for fishermen searching for blue marlin. Bimini, which is on the eastern edge of the Gulf Stream, has a storied past of marlin fishing done by Ernest Hemingway and Michael Lerner. The Bahamas has a long history of marlin fishing dating back to the 1930s and 1940s. These islands are also home to the Bahamas Billfish Championship, which is the most intense, competitive tournament series in marlin fishing.

United States

Another great place to find marlin is here in the United States. The Outer Banks of North Carolina have long been renowned for their blue marlin fishing. The proximity of the Gulf Stream and of the continental shelf edge in this area create a good combination of current, blue water and ocean temperature that attracts a wide variety of game fish including blue marlin.

Tournaments

More blue marlins are caught on rod and reel in the Hawaiian Islands than anywhere else in the world. More than sixty fish of over 1,000 pounds have been caught in Hawaiian waters. The town of Kona on the coast of the Big Island is internationally famous for its marlin fishing. This town also plays host to the long-standing Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT).

Benchmarks

In the fishing world a 1,000 pound fish, or “a grander”, represents the benchmark for an outstanding catch. For most marlin anglers a 1,000 pound fish represents the catch of their lives. Due to increasing commercial fishing in the world’s oceans it seems this type of catch will only become more and more of a rarity. The record for largest sport fishing capture is a 1,805 pound pacific blue marlin caught in Oahu, Hawaii.

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