Description: Marlin have dark blue to chocolate brown bodies covered with embedded scales, shading to a silvery white belly with spots on the dorsal fin. The upper jaw of the Marlin is elongated in the shape of spear and the tips of the fins are rounded.
Habitat: OFFSHORE blue water fish.
Tackle Used: Conventional medium to heavy tackle, trolling
Fight: Even the most seasoned anglers are impressed with the spectacular fight of a Marlin. Expect the battle to last a while.
Vital Stats: Marlin is smaller than many other billfishes. They can grow up to just over 9’ and up to 180 lbs.
State Record: 161 lbs. caught near Miami Beach
Limits: One fish per harvester per day (aggregate billfish bag limit applies), 66 inch minimum measured from lower jaw to fork. All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours 800-894-5528.
Flavor: Though excellent in flavor, this trophy fish is most often released alive