How To Catch a Marlin

Big game fishing is a form of recreational fishing that targets large fish such as marlin and tuna.  Catching fish of this size and caliber creates a lot of excitement and can be a source for earning a lot of money.  The blue marlin is one of the most celebrated fish to catch in big game fishing, primarily because of its size.  White marlins weigh between sixty and seventy pounds. They are considered lightweights.  Striped marlins, middle-heavyweights, weigh between 200 and 300 pounds on average.  The heavyweight division includes the blue and black marlin species.  They are considered to be the toughest fish to catch in the world, as they can get up to and over 1000 pounds.  Blue marlins are also widely distributed and have been caught from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

One of the most important aspects of marlin fishing is having the proper equipment.  First you need a rod thick enough to hold up and not break.  It should be elastic and not easily broken.  The rod should be between five and six feet in length, which will give you the leverage needed when fishing for this type of fish.  You should have plenty of line available (between four and six hundred feet) and it must be very strong.  Fasten yourself and your rod to the boat.  Marlins have an average weight of around 400 pounds, so take the necessary precautions to be safe.

Blue marlin prefer live bait over artificial, probably because they are attracted to the smell of their potential meal.  They eat various ocean foods but flying fish, dolphin and squid make for good hooked bait.  If you don't want to go through the trouble of actually catching your bait, you can actually purchase bait that is frozen from bait companies at some supermarkets.  If you prefer to use artificial bait, you can use konas and softheads.  Most importantly, choose bait that looks like it is alive and enticing to a marlin.

A very popular technique is to first catch a bonito.  Next, attach the hook through the eye socket of the bonito, which will allow the fish to stay alive for several hours.  After you hook the marlin, you're in for a fight.  If the line seems tight, give the fish more line.  If you don't correctly judge the tension, you will probably lose your big catch.  The marlin can hold up for long periods of time, so endurance is vital. Once you win the battle and land your trophy fish, enjoy the moment, because it is well worth it.


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