Description The black marlin is the only marlin with non-retractable fins. Another distinguishing trait is their dorsal fin which is proportionately the lowest of any billfish. It stands less than 50 percent of the fish's body height. The black marlin's back is slate blue and transitions to a silver belly. It may also have light blue stripes when excited.
Black marlin generally exists in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They are a highly migratory, pelagic species that will rarely swim deeper than 100 feet. They are most commonly found in deep waters, near such prominent bottom structures as continental shelves and reefs.
Large black marlin are known to feed on squid, scad, mackerel tuna, frigate mackerel, and tuna.
Peak Fishing Season
While caught year round here, November & December offer the largest migration of all Marlin Species that travel through the Los Suenos region. During these months, impressive numbers of Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin are caught daily on our boats.
The black's immense strength and exceptional size makes it a favored target among big-game fishermen. A fight with one of these fish can last for hours, wearing severely on the angler as well as the tackle.
Most Effective Technique
Anglers commonly troll brightly colored lures or rigged ballyhoo baitfish to catch Black Marlin.
None. All Black Marlin caught aboard our boats are live-released at the leader.
Preferred Water Temps
70 to 86