What baits do I use for white marlin fishing?

The White Marlin is a fish that has always intrigued me and I’d love to catch one someday. Can you give me any information how the best baits and techniques to use – also where is the best place to find them?

The White Marlin is pretty much restricted to the Atlantic Ocean and is a favorite light tackle fish of many east coast fishermen. The average weight of the White Marlin is between 50 and 70 pounds but the IGFA record is 181.9. The White Marlin is best known for its acrobatics and will leap into the water when hooked. Because it tends to waste a lot of energy with these leaps, it’s usually not to tough to bring in if you can keep it on the hook. Most White Marlin fishermen prefer trolling but may use fly fishing techniques if they find themselves in a situation where the fish are running thickly. The White Marlin feeds basically on herring, flying fish and ballyhoo but also eat squid and eels. The White Marlin will feed on the surface as well as in very deep water. Popular trolling lures are usually either hard or soft headed, small to medium sized skirted lures. If you’re trolling live bait, chub mackerel, ballyhoo and mullet are good baits to use. You can also try casting live baits with light overhead tackle. You’ll want to get the bait as within about 10 feet of Marlin if the water is clear and it should land in the direction he’s facing.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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