Ever since my early teenage years, I have been on a mission to learn as much as I possibly can about catching blue marlin. It should be noted that such fine-tuning works best with slanted- or cupped-head trolling lures that track at a specific attitude. I conducted tournament sampling on blue marlin caught in Jamaican and Cayman events from 1976 to 1997 and over 2,000 blue marlin passed my scalpel in that time. Here in the Cayman Islands in the Western Caribbean the typical blue is around 150 pounds, with a large fish being over 300 pounds, and the Cayman record stands at 584 pounds. You can sit it out and hopefully catch the fish, or you can try some more aggressive moves to capture the fish more quickly, with a higher risk of pulling the hook simply so you can get lures back in the water and catch another fish. Out in 600 — 3,000 foot water, I search from the tuna tower for signs of life.
But for the angler who wants to catch his first blue marlin, the Cayman Islands offer lots of opportunities. With Aruban seas averaging in the 5-foot range, Pichardo finds that minor adjustments — a bit longer or shorter, up or down with the outrigger halyard — is just enough fine-tuning to get these lures to swim properly in nearly any sea condition he encounters during a busy charter season. But, I never had much opportunity. Feel free to call or email us if you have questions! You just need to book one of the good captains and let them know you are targeting blue marlin. I turned the boat in that direction, and speeded up to recover some line. Its flesh ranges from white to pink and has a lacquered look because of its high oil content.
Even if you only get a few feet here and there, that's better than the the fish running away. Most of the time, the marlin will stay up on the surface much longer and not go deep right off the bat, following its initial run. Fishing stand up with anything larger than a size 50 reel is extremely awkward and clumsy. Ross Finlayson, Bounty Hunter Australia The Smash Bait from Aloha Lures is the one to pull for big fish. Evil Angel is his preferred color pattern. The blue marlin is found in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic.
This creates a natural drop-back, which I feel allows the fish to turn away before any real drag pressure is applied to the fish. Similarly, plenty of school dolphin are migrating south along the Gulf Streams edge. Fighting pulling left to right while you are pulling the rod drags the hook the fastest. This gets the leaders up as high as possible, so there is as little leader in the water as possible. You got a left and a right and so does the fish: keep that in mind, too. Gently bend the mainline away from the crimp and heat the tag with the lighter to form a ball again and mushroom it as it cools.
The question has been debated ever since the first billfish was taken on an artificial, with most anglers falling into two major camps: double hook versus single hook. If you press it once you will see the drag lever move. I think there is enough shock absorbing stretch in my mono top shot. Blue marlin grow to 2,500 pounds, the largest caught by rod and reel is 1805 pounds in Hawaii, making it the largest of all game fish. I use the Okuma Makaira 80lb Big Game rods on my boat. Press it again and the lever will move in the other direction. One must also consider that your line can remain permanently stretched after fighting a big fish and so when measured it can be up to 30% over what it was when you originally tied it up and so one must factor this in when making up your leaders, especially if you are fishing in a competition or looking to claim a record.
We use the best gear for both Deep Sea fishing and Bottom fishing. When a hooked fish spins, the swivel keeps the leader from twisting as well. It will be like fishing with a lower strength line but you won't get better experience for it. The last is a picture of the Mahi, fresh off the grill at Rosas. Slide lure onto the opposite end of the leader and insert the exposed section of nylon tubing into the lure head. You are either too tired, too weak, the line is too light, or the fish is built to get away before too long. Okay I admit, once in awhile I cut the line because I just can't stand to watch myself lose.
A: The fish can't get any line at all while you are pulling the rod, but the problem is pulling the rod drags the hook out of the fish's mouth. It is highly valued by sports fisherman because of its large size and spectacular fight when hooked. Marlin are highly migratory and, therefore, not a lot is known about their spawning periods and behaviors. Blue Marlin on lure is a quick start drill. Ten minutes later we had another blue marlin on, which dumped the reel heading off to Cuba, and I had to chase it at full speed to catch up, and release our second blue for the afternoon.
The yellowfin color pattern gets the nod on most days. The use of the large teasers gives me the best chance of raising large marlin into my spread; of all the blues I have raised, most of the truly big ones come into the spread by trying to eat something large. Take your lighter and melt the tip of the line until it forms a ball. I have been involved for a number of years in post-release mortality studies on billfish in the recreational fishery of many countries. Therefore, I drive the boat more toward the fish rather than directly down the line to create a belly in the line, which naturally keeps the lure behind the fish. The cheap thin metal ones from China are no good, they must be the proper ones made with the thicker metal to be able to withstand the pressure or a Marlin strike and run.
If you have something to inform me about in that regard, please contact me with the info below. These colours represent most bait fish, and in most places around the world the bait fish are all similar. Q: That fish is all the way out there and I can't seem to get him in at all. Together, they combine forces as well as compete in hot sports fishing destinations around the world. He enjoyed Sport Fishing in Mazatlán for over 20 years and after retiring, Mike started Hook Up To Sport Fishing in Mazatlán, considered to be one of the Sport Fishing capitals of the world! Advanced Techniques The above technique is my go-to strategy for fighting a fish because it not only aids in the capture of well-hooked blue marlin, but it also greatly helps to capture fish that are bill wrapped. Drag Management and Boat Driving After getting a bite, I like the angler to keep the drag on the light side.
I can never seem to provide the right answer, I always end up with engine problems. From mid-October thru mid-December, yellowfin tuna fishing is outstanding. A: The only similarities are that they are games about fishing that have audio devices to simulate tension on the line. Fathom Offshore Pepal Grande Capt. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.