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 White Marlin
(Tetrapturus albidus)

 


 Distribution & Size

The White Marlin is also a blue water fish common to 8 feet in length.  The White Marlin averages 40 to 70lbs and 100lbs is not uncommon.  The Florida record is 161lbs and the World record is 181lbs 14ozs. We have yet to catch one in Gulf waters.

 General Information

These species feed on pelagic fish including Blackfin Tuna, Frigate Mackerel and Squid.   White 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. Probably the most aerial of all the billfishes but with plenty of stamina as well. Usual method of capture is trolling.

 Tackle & Bait

The standard method for catching White 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.

 Eating Qualities

Food value of both 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

Size Limit  Closed Season  Daily Rec. Bag Limit  Remarks
White Marlin: 66" 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.
Measure tip of lower jaw to fork.
HMS Permit required in Federal Waters.
All fish landed must be reported to NOAA within 24hrs on 800-894-5528

 
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