Going for the Blue Marlin

By: Terry Gibson


For too many years, I’ve told myself I was going to put in the time to catch a blue marlin in my home waters from my own boat.

This year, we’re doing it for sure. Come May and June, and again in August and September, there’s a good marlin bite that takes place off the Jupiter area. The fish are typically pretty big, and we figure they’re in town to feed on the hordes of little tunny, locally called “bonito.”

This year, we’re going to catch a mid-sized member of that species, and bridle a hook on him on the spot. Then we’ll slow troll it out toward the edge of the bonito schools. I can’t imagine the pandemonium that will result from hooking a big blue from a 23-foot bay boat. I might have to write a book called “The Middle Aged Man and the Sea.” For charter inquiries in this area, contact Fishing Headquarters.

Though a fair number of marlin are caught out of the Palm Beaches, there are other places where anglers have a really strong chance at hooking one.

Key West is hands down one of the best places to intercept these huge, majestic fish. Looking at the Key West Fishing Calendar, the late spring and early summer months are prime marlin-fishing season. For charter inquiries, contact the Key West Charter Boat Association.

If you’re visiting the Gulf Coast, the legendary 100-fathom curve off Pensacola produces some incredible blue-water fishing, including some of the best marlin fishing on earth. The huge, adult fish head there spring and summer to spawn in the Gulf Stream’s gyres. If you’re in town, give the guys at Hot Spots Charters a call.

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