(Illustration © Diane Rome Peebles)
Identification & Features
Upper cobalt blue on top shading to a silvery white below. Upper jaw elongated in form of a spear. The dorsal, pectoral and anal fins are all pointed. No dark spots on the dorsal fin
A deep-sea fish that makes major trans-Atlantic migrations.
Unlike swordfish, blue marlin feed mostly during the day. They hunt alone and have been reported to use their long, sharp bill to slice or stun prey.
Blue runners, pinfish, mullet, scads, ballyhoo and squid attract cruising Marlin. Marlin are known for their fast runs, acrobatic jumps and head-shaking attempts to throw a hook. They tire easily and should be revived after a long fight to ensure their survival. Most anglers release these fish.
Average sizes tend to be in the range of 11 feet (3.4 meters) and 200 to 400 pounds (91 to 181 kilograms).
This may be the ultimate of the big game fish - the one Hemingway so often wrote about. Serious anglers rig heavy and expect to fight a marlin for 4-6 hours
Hook Styles: 190, 254, 25SS, 6331
Rigs:L992, L9500, L998, ARB
Hook Styles: L197, L2004, L2004EL, L2005, L2007B, L2011S, L2020, L2022, L2013BM, L2045, L7228BP, L8197
Eagle Claw Clear Blue