Marlin Fishing

Cabo San Lucas Marlin Fishing
Marlin fishing in Los Cabos Mexico

Marlin fishing is considered by many game fishermen to be the pinnacle of offshore game fishing, due to the size and power of marlin, relative rareness and difficulty of capture. The 3 species of Marlin most commonly caught in the Los Cabos area are Stripped, Blue and Black marlin depending on the time of year. Striped, Blue and Black marlin primarily feed on cephalopods and fish, especially tuna, which they stun and kill with side to side slashing movements of their bill.

Stripped Marlin

stippedmarlin┬áThe striped marlin’s body is metallic blue-black above, and silvery below, with 15 to 20 narrow lavender vertical stripes. The upper jaw is extended to form a sword-like bill which makes up about 17% of the total length. The fins are dark blue-black. The front of the first dorsal fin is high, reducing rapidly to a much lower fin which continues almost to the second dorsal fin which is set well back. The long scythe-like pectoral fins can be folded back flat against the body, and the pelvic fins are each reduced to a single elongate ray. There are 2 strengthening keels on the caudal peduncle.

Blue Marlin

bluemarlinBlue marlin are possibly the most sought-after marlin species. Beautiful in form, capable of spectacular fighting ability and having the potential to reach great sizes, blue marlin have inspired and continue to inspire the dedicated pursuit of thousands of skippers, crews and anglers.

Black Marlin

blackmarlinThe black marlin’s body is blue-black above, and a silvery white below, sometimes with light blue vertical stripes. The first dorsal fin is blackish to dark blue with other fins dark brown with tinges of dark blue. The pectoral fins cannot be folded back flat against the body.