Best Places To Fish For Blue Marlin
Most people consider Blue Marlin fishing to be the height of offshore game fishing. The marlin offers enthusiastic fisherman the size, strength, and power that few other fish can. Blue marlins are stunning in form and capable of amazing fighting ability once they have been hooked. Blue marlins continue to inspire anglers all over the globe to seek them out.
Which fishing techniques and gear a crew uses to pursue blue marlins depends on a few factors. The size of the marlins, local sea conditions, and local traditions all play a role in how to successfully fish for marlin. The most common methods for marlin capture use artificial lures, rigged natural baits and live baits.
The Bahamas have always been a favorite destination for fishermen looking for blue marlin. Bimini, which is on the eastern edge of the Gulf Stream, has a storied past of marlin fishing done by Ernest Hemingway and Michael Lerner. The Bahamas has a long history of marlin fishing dating back to the 1930s and 1940s. These islands are also play host to the Bahamas Billfish Championship, which is the most intense, competitive tournament series in marlin fishing.
Another fantastic place to locate marlin is here in the United States. The Outer Banks of North Carolina have long been famous for their blue marlin fishing. The proximity of the Gulf Stream and of the continental shelf edge in this area create a good combination of current, blue water and ocean temperature that attracts a wide variety of game fish including blue marlin.
More blue marlins are caught on rod and reel in the Hawaiian Islands than anywhere else in the world. More than sixty fish of over 1,000 pounds have been caught in Hawaiian waters. The town of Kona on the coast of the Big Island is world famous for its marlin fishing. This town also plays host to the long-standing Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT). There are also Panama fishing charters.
In the fishing world a 1,000 pound fish, or “a grander”, represents the benchmark for an outstanding catch. For most marlin anglers a 1,000 pound fish represents the catch of their lives. Due to increasing commercial fishing in the world’s oceans it seems this type of catch will only become more and more of a rarity. The record for largest sport fishing capture is a 1,805 pound pacific blue marlin caught in Oahu, Hawaii.