Blue Marlin Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: color cobalt blue on top shading to
silvery white on bottom; upper jaw elongated
in form of a spear; dorsal fin pointed at front
end; pectoral fin and anal fin pointed; lateral line
reticulated (interwoven like a net), difficult to see in large
specimens; no dark spots on dorsal fin; body covered with
imbedded scales ending in one or two sharp points.
Similar fish: white marlin, T. albidus (white has rounded dorsal at front end, rounded tip of pectoral and anal fins,
and spots on the dorsal fin).
Where found: OFFSHORE, a bluewater fish.
Size: largest of the Atlantic marlins, common to 11 feet, known to exceed 2,000 pounds.
Remarks: all of trophy size are females; males do not exceed 300 pounds; make trans-Atlantic migrations; spawning
procedures unknown; feeds on squid and pelagic fishes, including blackfin tuna and frigate mackerel.