Blue Marlin  


The blue marlin is a large pelagic fish with an elongated upper jaw that forms a spear.  They have a pointed dorsal fin with no dark spots.  They are black to blue on the back and silvery to white below.


These popular gamefish live in open ocean waters in the temperate and tropical parts of the Atlantic and the Gulf.  They prefer clean blue waters and feed on fish and squid.

State Record

1,018.5 pounds, Linda Koerner, 1977

Fishing Tips

There are many methods used to troll for these pelagic fish.  Lures, dead natural baits and live baits are the most common ways.  Anglers troll at various speeds, dragging the bait behind the moving boat and enticing the strike while on the move.  Teasers and dredges are an important aspect of attracting these fish into your spread.  Catching a blue marlin is often considered a pinnacle in one’s fishing experience.