Once again, as in all fishing situations, the No. 1 key to landing a Marlin is location. Location.... location.... location.
You can fish for years and if you're not in the correct area, chances are you'll never see a Marlin. Like all other types of fishing, you can drag lures and bait forever and never get bit if you are not in the right area.
How do you know if you are in the right area.
1) Seeing ‘jumpers’, ‘feeders’ and ‘tailer’s is always the best way! There is no doubt in your mind at that point.
2) Word of mouth from dependable sources.
3) Going by water temperatures and knowledge that this is the right time of the year? In these locations.
How to catch a Marlin.
1) Being in the same area they are is priority #1.
2) Having the right equipment and tackle ready. File the hooks every time before putting them in the water.
3) Having the lines set right and trolling 5-10 knots.
4) Baiting a Marlin that is feeding, sleeping, or 'tailing'.
5) Having a lot of luck on your side! Approx. 1 out of every 7 Marlin are lost, even to the best fisherman.
6) Patience. Lots of patience.
7) Oh yeah, and lots of fuel. These fish are not easy to come by. Some people fish all year long, strictly focused on landing a Marlin, only to come up empty handed. Give yourself a fighting chance. Focused preparation is key to that.
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