Submitted by:  Vic Jedlicka, SCYA Angler Chair

Marlin Fishing Trip

A fabulous 3 day fishing trip to San Jose Del Cabo is one to remember. Marshall Wax, Vic Jedlicka from DRYC and friend Kevin King traveled to the Marina Puerto Los Cabos where Marshall winters his boat “Good Vibrations”. This location gives you immediate access to the some of the best fishing spots in Mexico. We all like the hunt that takes place leading up to catching Striped Marlin our targeted fish.

In the 3 days of fishing we saw no less then 30 marlin. The first two days the fish would not bite no matter what we did to entice them. They were feeding deep on an abundance of squid. However, the third day they really got hungry and we had a ball with all of us catching our marlin. One of the fish we caught had been tagged. We removed the tag and sent all the data to the Billfish Foundation. Results... Our caught marlin was originally tagged only 3 days earlier in the same area we recaptured him. I guess he must have been really hungry. A wonderful weekend spent together with good friends is always a time to remember.

Marlin, Striped ... International Game Fish Association

They are found in tropical and warm temperate waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, the striped marlin is pelagic and seasonally migratory, moving toward the equator during the cold season and away again during the warm season.

The most distinguishing characteristic is its high, pointed first dorsal fin, which normally equals or exceeds the greatest body depth. Even in the largest specimens this fin is at least equal to 90 percent of the body depth. Like the dorsal fin, the anal and pectoral fins are pointed. They are also flat and movable and can easily be folded flush against the sides, even after death. The sides are very compressed. The lateral line is straight, single and clearly visible. The back is steely blue fading to bluish silver on the upper flanks and white below the lateral line. There are a number of iridescent blue spots on the fins and pale blue or lavender vertical stripes on the sides. These may or may not be prominent, but they are normally more prominent than those of other marlins, and they persist after death, which is not always true on other marlins.

It is highly predatory, feeding extensively on pilchards, anchovies, mackerel, sauries, flying fish, squid, and whatever is abundant. It is well known for its fighting ability and has the reputation of spending more time in the air than in the water after it is hooked. In addition to long runs and tail walks, it will “greyhound” across the surface, making up to a dozen or longer, graceful leaps. It can be caught fairly close to shore, and lacking the size and weight of the blue marlin or the black marlin, it is more acrobatically inclined. Fishing methods include trolling whole fish, strip baits, or lures; also live bait fishing.