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Blue Marlin:

Appearance:

  • Upper cobalt blue on top shading to a silvery white below
  • Upper jaw elongated in form of a spear
  • The dorsal, pectoral and anal fins are all pointed
  • No dark spots on the dorsal fin

Habitat:

A deep-sea fish that makes major trans-Atlantic migrations.

Behavior:

Unlike swordfish, blue marlin feed mostly during the day. They hunt alone and have been reported to use their long, sharp bill to slice or stun prey.

State Record:

1046 lbs, caught near Panama City

Fishing Tips and Facts:

This may be the ultimate of the big game fish - the one Hemingway so often wrote about. Serious anglers rig heavy and expect to fight a marlin for 4-6 hours.

Additional Information:


Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles



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