Marlin are the pinnacle of big game fishing and sort generally with big boats and big bucks!
How To Identify:
The White Marlin is similar in appearance to the Striped Marlin but usually lighter in colour, however it most distinguishing feature is the rounded rather than pointed tips of the pectoral fins, anal fin is particularly rounded.
How To Catch:
Whole books and DVD's have been dedicated to the catching of Marlin and we will shortly have some great articles in our articles section. However as a brief introduction... There are three main ways the majority of people fish for Marlin. 1. Trolling Lures 2. Trolling with baits (live or dead) 3. Anchored (or slow drifting) with baits (live or dead). Trolling with Lures - the main style of lure used for trolling is the Konahead style skirted lures. There are literally thousands of variations and most anglers have their favourites. Trolling speeds are usually about 7-12 knots. 2. Trolling with baits. The bait here depends greatly where fishing, in Cairns for example the bait maybe as large as 15kg Spanish mackerel and oversized striped tuna right down to live slimie mackerel and yakkas for the run of small blacks down the Queensland Coast. 3. Anchored (or slow drift) with baits. This consists of finding a large patch of bait and fishing the same bait around the patch of bait. Circle hooks are mostly used as it greatly increases the odds of being able to safely release the marlin with the least of damage.
White Marlin are found throughout the Atlantic Ocean including the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and Western Mediterranean Sea. Usually found in deep blue tropical and warm temperate waters.