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Blue Marlin Big Game Fishing Holidays

The Blue Marlin is by far the most targeted of the Marlin family. They spread wide across the world and once you have hooked one, you will not want to catch anything else, as these Blue Marlin fight hard with leaps and twists and a seemingly display of strength. The Blue Marlin grow nearly as big as their cousins the Black Marlin and they fight just as hard. Some of the best saltwater fishing destinations would be such places as Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico and not forgetting Madeira.

Panama Sport Fishing Lodge | Panama

Every sport fisherman has heard of stories of how world-class the fishery is in Panama and it's no wondering when Panama is the home to so many IGFA records of all manner of species and our lodge is right in the thick of it. The Gulf of Chiriquí is a real treasure of Panama and with the likes of world-renowned areas such as Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa being the fishing grounds.. Read more

  Category: Big Game Fishing, Fishing Holidays, Popper & Jig Fishing
   Season: All Year

Dogtooth Tuna Fishing | Hosted | Rodrigues Island | Mauritius

Due to the amazing fishing at Rodrigues Island, Sportquest Holidays made the decision to put on their very own hosted Jig fishing trip to the fish packed waters that surround Rodrigues Island in Mauritius. This trip is for the anglers out there who seek adventure and excitement with some pretty extreme fishing for fish that absolutely pull your arms off... Read more

  Category: Big Game Fishing, Fishing Holidays, Hosted Fishing, Popper & Jig Fishing, Hosted Hosted Popper, Jig & Big Game Fishing Holidays
   Season: All Year

Dogtooth Tuna Fishing | Hawkins Bank | Rodrigues | Mauritius

This fishing adventure is like no others out there! Rodrigues Island offers anglers a unique opportunity to fish for some incredible species. The fishing style used is completely down to you as the itinerary can be completely tailored to suit how you wish to fish and the species you wish to target. In addition to this, we some excellent tackle package waiting on board for you to use completely free of charge... Read more

  Category: Big Game Fishing, Popper & Jig Fishing, Hosted Hosted Popper, Jig & Big Game Fishing Holidays
   Season: All Year
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Additional Information

Name: Blue Marlin

Scientific Name: Makaira nigricans

Description: Native to the tropical and warm waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Blue Marlin are among the most recognisable of all fish species. They are a striking cobalt blue on top and a silver-white belly with a pronounced dorsal fin and a long, sharp spear shaped upper jaw where it gets its name from, the bill. Known for putting up a tremendous fight when hooked, these rare marine monsters are the holy grail for sport fishers around the globe and some anglers put some serious time and money in chasing them around the oceans. Blue marlins prefer the higher temperature of surface waters, feeding on mackerel and tuna, but will also dive deep to eat squid. They are among the fastest fish in the ocean and use their spears to slash through dense schools, returning to eat their stunned and wounded victims.

Average Size: The female Blue Marlin are significantly bigger than the males and can reach 14ft in length and have been landed over 1800lb. The average size to expect is between 200 – 400 lbs

Where To Catch Marlin: They are so-called blue-water fish, spending most of their lives far out at sea. They are also highly migratory and will follow warm ocean currents for hundreds and even thousands of miles. The Blue Marlin is usually found in the warmer waters of the tropical and temperate Atlantic and the Indo-Pacific oceans. Though the Marlin has been found in temperatures ranging from 21 to 30 degree Celsius, they are found in abundance in the warm waters of about 24 degree Celsius. They prefer to hang around weed-lines and areas where sub-surface structures and seamounts create upwellings and current and are seldom found in shallow coastal waters. Some of our popular destinations for Blue Marlin are Rodrigues Island Mauritius, Astove Atoll Seychelles, Watamu Kenya and Palmas de Cortez Mexico.

Fishing Methods For Marlin: The most used fishing method to target Blue Marlin is by trolling artificial lures, normally 5 to 7 baits in the ‘pattern’. The lure/bait that is the furthest behind the boat normal comes from the rod in the centre of the wheelhouse, above the fighting chair. This is normally around 150ft back from the boat. The next two rods set will be the two furthest left and right, these are normally positioned on the very tip of the outriggers and trolled not quite as far back as the centre high rod. The next two rods to be set will normally be positioned in the middle of the left and right-hand gunnels and will be rigged half way along with the outriggers, these will be the closest lures/baits to the boat. There will also be a couple of lighter baited rods positioned in the boat but not live so if the chance comes, you can switch and tease the Marlin. This all sounds very complicated but all work together so that the boat can turn without tangling all the lures.




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