Deep sea fishing provides plenty of unique challenges, particularly to those who want to catch a monster fish like the blue marlin. This catch is one that looks great mounted above a fireplace or in a game room, which is why it is so sought after. Anyone interested in catching a blue marlin needs to understand the unique challenges and demands this fish places on the fisher.
Bait to Consider for Blue Marlin
First of all, fishers interesting in snagging a blue need to have the right tackles and lures for the job. You should add a 50- to 80-pound line on a pole designed for deep-sea fishing. This line should be strong enough to resist the toughest thrashes of the marlin without breaking, as long as the fisher fights appropriately.
You can choose between one of three lure types: artificial trolling lures, life baitfish, or ribbed natural baits. Typically, successful marlin fishers use trolling lures because the marlin is an active fish that prefers a bait that is flashy, busy, and moving.
Among these baits, pros like those at Marlin Mag suggest lures like the Marlin Magic Ruckus, the Fathom Offshore Pepa Grande, and the Polu Kai Polu Diver. These lures are shaped in such a way that the marlin cannot resist them. These lures should be available from most fishing shops, though some may need to be special ordered and delivered.
Ways to Troll for Marlin
Troll fishing for marlin requires a careful balance between line length and the speed of the boat. For example, many professionals suggest a trolling distance of at least 20-150 feet when going out for marlins. A longer troll line keeps the fish from being repelled by the motor but does make reeling them in more difficult for beginning deep-sea fishers.
Even better, multiple baits on separate lines, set up with a staggered pattern, increases the chance of catching a marlin. Try to choose various lure types to increase the chances of landing a marlin. As for trolling speed, most professionals suggest a speed of about 6-12 knots. Any slower and the bait is too sluggish, but any faster, and the lure is hard for the marlin to snag.
Fight the Marlin
Once the marlin bites a lure, the fisher needs to know when to reel and when to let line out for the marlin. Professionals suggest anglers to work with the swells of the waves to wear down the marlin. You should also position the boat in such a way that the waves crash against the direction of the fish's movement. The crashes of the waves will wear down the fish and decrease a marlin's fighting spirit.
When reeling in a marlin, professionals suggest using the whole body to increase fight strength. You should bend your body and support yourself with a fighting harness to improves the chances of catching the fish. Stop reeling when the fish takes a break and catch your breath, and then fight again when the fish starts taking the line out. Soon enough, the marlin will begin fighting again.
Typically, short-strokes or rapid short pumps on the reel will slowly, but persistently, wear down the blue marlin. A fight against this beast can last for several hours, so fishers need to be prepared for the battle. For example, a bucket of water must be available to water the line if the fish starts taking the line out too far and causes excessive friction.
By following these basic procedures, a marlin angler can catch the fish of their dreams. More advanced techniques - such as chasing a jumping marlin with the boat and pulling the marlin out of the water properly - may require professional help to master. So please don't hesitate to contact The Flamingo to learn more about deep sea fishing.