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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.

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Tour code: ROD001

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.

   Season: All Year

From: £3,113 per person including flights

Tour code: SEY006

Astove Atoll gives six lucky anglers each week the exclusivity of one of the wildest, most rugged atolls on the globe. This is a wild, secluded and remarkably remote small-scale destination for anglers seeking adventure and a unique fishing experience not to be missed.

  Category: Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: November to April

From: £9,643 per person including flights

Tour code: KEN010

The big game fishing Kenya coastline has been, for many years, fished by many adventurous anglers such as Ernest Hemmingway and in the early days was world famous for being one of the best Sailfish destinations in the world. Back when Ernest Hemmingway was fishing Kenya, he classed the Striped Marlin fishing as being the best there was.

   Season: All Year

From: £2,402 per person including flights

Tour code: MAD001  

Madeira for many years has produced some of the worlds biggest Blue Marlin and back in 1995, 1996 and 1997 Madeira was the world cup winner. So, if you are a true specimen hunter, we can’t think of a better place to head to for a fish of a lifetime. Perfect for a family getaway with it only being a couple of hour’s flight.

   Season: May to August

From: £1,581 per person including flights

Tour code: MEX002  

Palma de Cortez resort in Mexico is the ideal big game fishing destination. Not only is the resort located next to all the prime fishing grounds but all tackle is included too. On top of this, we now offer light tackle packages on all Panga boats for bait fishing which include all hooks, weights and leaders free for you to use.

  Category: Big Game Fishing
   Season: All Year

From: £2,934 per person including flights

Tour code: MEX003

Villa de Cortez is a little collection of luxury Villa’s located next to the world famous Palma de Cortez and benefits from the main hotel facilities. Being in the same grounds as the Palma de Cortez, you will soon notice, that all the small details are perfect from the fine landscaped gardens to the clean and tidy grounds.

  Category: Big Game Fishing
   Season: All Year

From: £3,165 per person including flights

Tour code: COS001  

The world-class resort in Costa Rica called Crocodile Bay has won so many awards on Trip Adviser that we class it as a must go for any big game angler. It is also the perfect destination to take your non-angling family, as the eco tours onsite are unbelievable and if you were to stay there for a whole month, you would never get through them. 

   Season: November to April

From: £3,879 per person including flights

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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.