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 Blue Marlin
(Makaira nigricans)


 Distribution & Size

The Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) is the largest of the Atlantic Dolphins and is found offshore in blue water.  It is common to 11 feet and known to exceed 2000lbs.  Male fish do not exceed 300lbs.  Fish from about 100 to 500lbs are not rare.  The Florida record is 980lbs 8ozs. The World record is 1402lbs.  I have seen a few fish caught around this weight both in Mauritius and Madeira.  I have also been unfortunate to loose one which we believe was well in excess of 1000lb.................that's fishing !!

We did not one in Gulf waters, but our chances are now increased since we are in deep water on the Atlantic Caost.

 General Information

These species feed on pelagic fish including Blackfin Tuna, Frigate Mackerel and Squid.   Blue Marlin are best known for speed, power and jumping ability. Usually found patrolling the weed lines around small schools of tuna's and other pelagic baitfish and along ocean seamounts and temperature differentials. A deep-sea fish that makes major trans-Atlantic migrations.

 Tackle & Bait

The standard method for catching Marlin is trolled artificial lures, live large baitfish such as Dolphins, Bonitos or rigged dead baits of the species just mentioned. However lures are the favored method as they can be trolled at greater speed and this allows boats to cover more water. Unlike swordfish, blue marlin feed mostly during the day. They hunt alone and have been reported to use their long, sharp bill to slice or stun prey.

 Eating Qualities

Food value of the fish is good,  but fish are seldom taken by anglers and normally catch and release is the order of the day.

 ELECTRIC BLUE OPERATES a POLICY OF CATCH AND RELEASE ON ALL BILLFISH.

 State Limits and Regulations

The Florida record is 1046lbs caught near Panama City. The World record is 1402lbs.

Size Limit  Closed Season  Daily Rec. Bag Limit  Remarks
Blue Marlin: 99" Overall Length. None 1 per person per day aggregate billfish bag limit. Illegal to buy or sell. Federal size limits apply. Hook and line only. Measured tip of lower jaw to fork.
HMS Permit required in Federal Waters.
All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24hrs on 800-894-5528

 
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