THE STRIPED MARLIN
One of the great game fishes of the world
Identification of the Striped Marlin
This is the smallest of the 3 species of Marlin. The body is very streamlined with a high dorsal fin and flexible pectoral fins that can fold in completely. The bill of the Striped Marlin is long. The colour is a vivid blue to black on the back, with the sides being a silvery- blue and the belly white to silver. Bold vertical lines down the sides distinguish the Striped Marlin. Most of these fish caught weigh less than 100 kilograms, with the world record being close to 200 kilograms.
Striped Marlin are found from the Western Cape into Mozambique and beyond.
How to locate this fish
Mainly an oceanic species that feed close to the surface, but they do venture into shallower clear blue-green waters closer to shore to feed.
Baits to use
Kona type skirt baits are mostly used when trolling at about 12 knots, but live or dead bait can also be trolled at lower speeds of about 3 knots.
Tackle to use when fishing for Striped Marlin
Heavy boat rods with a high quality heavy duty reel to go with it is recommended. Thick lines are used with large hooks, with the hooks being a 12/0 or 11/0 in size.
Striped Marlin Fishing Video
Great video from YouTube showing a woman angler catching her first Striped Marlin
These game fish are great to catch and gives a spectacular performance when hooked.