I know this is a website about Tuna Fishing, however, there is a very real chance that you will hook up on a Marlin while you out there. They are not common in the waters off San Diego, but during the summer months we see them on the surface relatively often. If we do, we make a B-LINE at FLANK speed directly for it and throw out the marlin rigs or the biggest piece of live bait we have. Also, on the way out and the way home we are trolling a giant Marlin lure at 12 knots behind the boat, just in case we get lucky!
Check out the Marline video on The Vendetta if you want proof, they were looking for Tuna, when all of a sudden, Marlin. What a fantastic fighting fish. I personally have fought one, and when you are holding the rod and reel, & the fish is airborne, you wont forget.
Hooking a Marlin while fishing off the coast of San Diego or Mexico would be one of the most memorable events in an anglers career. Marlin are incredibly fast swimmers, strong and with great stamina, and will probably be the biggest fish you have ever hooked. Swimming at up to 50 miles per hour, the Striped Marlin is among the top three fastest fish in the world. You would be very surprised out how fast you can run out of line with a Blue Marlin hookup... no matter what the test of the line, it has great speed, and weight and strength to back it up.
Once you get one on the line you will find out just how hard this fish can fight. Assuming you hold on long enough to get it to the surface you will witness airborne tactics designed to throw your hook, as the fish will angrily shake its head while in the air. It is the fight of your life.
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On September 4th this giant blue Marlin was caught on the middle banks outside of San Diego, Ca. The fish was caught on the troll at 12 knots with a Marlin lure being towed behind the boat. It was a blind strike, no visual, no meter mark. The ensuing battle lasted more than 2 hours with the vessel Atun finally coming out on top.
Captain Clinton Dunn
Deckhand Mark Terry
36 Miles due west of Point Loma
How we Fish for Marlin
Fishing for Marlin With Artificial Lures
We often travel for many hours at a speed of about 12 knots. At that time we are running large, heavy, fast running Marlin lures. The sole reason we run these larger lures, is in the hopes that we will visually spot or sonar mark the fish and guide our lure to him. This tactic seems to be the most productive, although many would argue the point.
Fishing for Marlin with Live Bait
You should use live bait only when the fishing where fish congregate, such as underwater ridges, banks, and shelves. Live bait can be a good alternative to artificial lures if you’re within visual range and you have the confidence to cast accurately to land within visual range of the fish when it hits the water. If you hit your mark, you will be hooked up. The Marlin has excellent vision and even if you get close, the fish will make a strait line for your bait, and allow you to see his fin as he swims the final distance to his target.
Use the Best Quality Tackle
Our vessels provide ONLY the best quality, highly maintained, Marlin-ready gear. New line, new drag, correct rigging, proper lures, and the knowledge to use them effectively, to PUT YOUR MARLIN on the deck!
The Blue Marlin tends to dive deeper and tire quicker than other Marlin. However, it is a powerful and aggressive fighter that can run hard and long, leaping high in the air in amazing displays of acrobatics.
Females can weigh up to four times the amount of males, which rarely exceed 300 lb. Some experts consider Blue Marlin living in the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans to be two distinct species, although this point of view is contended. It does seem to be the case that Marlin in the Pacific ocean tend to be larger than those in the Atlantic, though.
How to Recognize Blue Marlin
The telltale signs of a Blue Marlin are as follows:
A pointed front dorsal fin that is never as high as the maximum body depth (read, the hairdo is never longer than the fish is fat).
Pectoral (side) fins aren’t rigid, but can be folded back against the body.
A cobalt blue back that fades to white. It made have pale blue stripes that always fade after death.
The overall body shape is cylindrical.
‘Stripes’ are found in the Pacific and Indian oceans, usually in colder waters than Black or Blue Marlin. They migrate by season, moving towards the equator in the winter and away from it in the warm season.
Famous for their fighting ability, Striped Marlin have a reputation of spending more time in the air than in the water once they’ve been hooked. They are known for long runs and tail walks, as well as ‘greyhounding’ across the surface in a series of leaps and bounds.
How to Recognize a Striped Marlin:
The signature traits of a Striped Marlin are as follows:
A pointed dorsal fin that can be taller than its body depth.
Visible pale blue stripes that remain even after death.
A thinner, more compressed body shape.
Flexible, pointed pectoral fins.
- SAN DIEGO MARLIN FISHING FACTS
Marlin fishing in San Diego is a popular and exciting sport that attracts anglers from all over the world. The region boasts a variety of different marlin species, including blue marlin, black marlin, and striped marlin, as well as several prime fishing locations. In this article, we will discuss some of the best places to catch marlin in San Diego, including the Nine Mile Bank, the Middle Bank, the Outer Banks, San Clemente Island, Coronado Islands, and Mexican waters, as well as the best season to catch them.
The Nine Mile Bank, located about 9 miles off the coast of San Diego, is a popular spot for marlin fishing. The area is known for its deep waters and strong currents, which make it a perfect habitat for marlin. Anglers can expect to catch blue marlin, black marlin, and striped marlin in the Nine Mile Bank, with the best time to fish being from May to October.
The Middle Bank is another popular spot for marlin fishing in San Diego. Located about 20 miles off the coast, the Middle Bank is known for its strong currents and deep waters. Blue marlin and black marlin can be caught here, with the best time to fish being from May to October.
The Outer Banks, located about 30 miles off the coast of San Diego, is another prime location for marlin fishing. The area is known for its deep waters and strong currents, which make it a perfect habitat for marlin. Blue marlin, black marlin, and striped marlin can be caught here, with the best time to fish being from May to October.
San Clemente Island, located about 60 miles off the coast of San Diego, is another prime location for marlin fishing. The island is known for its deep waters and strong currents, which make it a perfect habitat for marlin. Blue marlin, black marlin, and striped marlin can be caught here, with the best time to fish being from May to October.
The Coronado Islands, located about 15 miles off the coast of San Diego, is another popular spot for marlin fishing. The islands are known for their deep waters and strong currents, which make them a perfect habitat for marlin. Blue marlin, black marlin, and striped marlin can be caught here, with the best time to fish being from May to October.
Mexican waters, located just south of the border, is another popular spot for marlin fishing. Blue marlin, black marlin, and striped marlin can be caught here, with the best time to fish being from May to October.
The best time to fish for marlin in these areas is from May to October. It is important to note that fishing regulations and seasons may vary depending on the specific location, so it is important to check with local authorities before heading out on your fishing trip.
It is also important to note that Marlin is a game fish and is protected in many areas, it is important to know the regulations and have the proper licenses before going out to fish for Marlin. Ask you captain for more information on this.
The most common species of marlin caught in the San Diego area are blue marlin and striped marlin.
The best time to go marlin fishing in San Diego is typically between June and September.
The most popular fishing spots for marlin in the San Diego area are the Coronado Islands, the 9-Mile Bank, and the San Diego Trough.
The average size of a blue marlin caught in San Diego is around 100-200 pounds.
Striped marlin are typically smaller, averaging around 50-100 pounds.
Live bait, such as mackerel or sardines, is often used to catch marlin in San Diego.
Trolling is the most common method used to catch marlin in San Diego.
We have several six pack and four pack vessels available that specialize in this species, just ask us.
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) maintains a record of the largest marlin caught in the San Diego area.
The current all-tackle world record for blue marlin is 1402 lb (636 kg) caught in Cabo Blanco, Peru in 1953.
The current all-tackle world record for striped marlin is 181 lb (82 kg) caught in San Carlos, Mexico in 1948.
Marlin are highly migratory species and move to different locations throughout the year.
Marlin are considered as a gamefish and have strict regulations to protect the species from overfishing.
Marlin are apex predators and play a crucial role in maintaining balance in the ocean ecosystem.
Sport fishing for marlin is a popular activity in San Diego and attracts anglers from all over the world.