Female Blue Marlins can grow up to four times the weight of males?
Blue Marlin Fishing: This is the king of all the sport fish in the Gulf of Mexico. With weights exceeding 1800 pounds and lengths of more than 16 feet, they are the ultimate fight and fish. Average sizes tend to be around 11 feet long and between 200 and 500 pounds. Although these monster beauties can be considered a holy grail for sport fishers, we currently only fish this species as catch and release to ensure its continued species survival and growth. Don’t let the idea of having to release your catch dissuade you from seeking after one of these marvels. Their acrobatics during the fight, their magnificent colorful displays, and the shear size are all memories of a lifetime.
Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Sailfish are all common in our area during the warmer months of the year.The main time to target these spectacular billfish is during May, June, and July. Known as a deepwater or bluewater fish, Blue Marlin typically spend most of their lives far from shore. They are a highly migratory species and follow warm ocean currents for hundreds of miles. In our area, off the coast of Louisiana, we tend to find them in a couple of places. They are mostly found on the current lines anywhere from 15-50 miles offshore, although we also catch them around the deep water platforms or sargassum grass. As a species, Blue Marlin tend to spend their time in the higher temperatures of the surface water rather than in the colder temps of deeper water, so one of the most commonly used techniques for catching them is trolling. As one of the fastest fish in the sea, they use their bills or spears to make their way through schools of fish, stunning and wounding fish before returning to eat their victims. Because of this, we generally catch them with live bait, frequently while fishing for other species.
Fish we catch while fishing for Marlin is Yellow fin Tuna, Black fin tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo.