Miami marlins are phenomenal fish. They have enraptured people world-wide, and hold them in awe. These stunning, gigantic and powerful fish are known to pull fishing boats through mile upon mile of ocean water. They are also amazingly fast, reaching speeds of 70mph underwater – which has earned them their place high on the ocean's food chain. In Miami, marlin has become somewhat of an icon for sports fishing. This is largely due to Ernest Hemingway's novel called The Old Man and the Sea in which an aged fisherman is alone on a small boat, and has to do battle with a giant marlin.
Before attempting to go marlin fishing in Miami, it is important to understand just how rare these spectacular fish are. Marlins have suffered from over-fishing, and they were never a species with a high population to begin with. Our Miami fishing charters generally only find blue marlin and white marlin. Striped or black marlin is extremely rare. While marlin does come close to the Miami coast during their migrations in the Gulf Stream current, they are seldom caught there. When fishing for marlin in Miami, it is more likely that you will catch other billfish species such as sailfish and swordfish. We travel much farther offshore to catch marlin and our Miami fishing charter crews are highly experienced, and they specialize in marlin fishing. Their knowledge will increase your chances of catching these magnificent and elusive fish.
Here are a few things to consider when targeting marlin in Miami:
- Remember how fast these fish are. They are probably faster than any boat you will be travelling on, so be aware of the speed your boat is cruising at. Ideally, you need to travel between seven and fifteen knots. If you are going too slow then your bait will not look natural when being trolled through the water, and other fish will probably steal it. If you are moving too fast, then your bait will not resemble the marlin's common diet in any way - and will simply fall apart.
- Your chances of catching marlin increase the further offshore you travel. You should try to fish on the edge of the continental shelf in waters ranging in depth between 600ft and 1 000ft. The waters off the coast of the Bahamas provide the highest marlin fishing opportunities. We have found that fishing for marlin is generally better there, as opposed to the Miami side of the Gulf Stream. If you can make the trip, then we do offer Bahamas charters out of Miami.
- We use live bait to catch marlin. Our Miami fishing charters have learnt that tuna and skipjacks are definitely the best bait to use for catching them successfully. However, marlin can be caught on frozen bait and lures too. Combine your frozen bait with a skirt to help attract marlin and keep your bait protected.
Call us today to book your Miami Marlin Fishing Charter and battle these gigantic monsters of the sea.