Striped Marlin - May 2014 Update

The record weight for Striped Marlin is 190 kg (420 lb) (in 1982) and a maximum length of 4.2 m (13.8 ft). The striped marlin is a predator that hunts during the day in the top 100 metres or so of the water column, often near the surface. It is both a desirable commercial and game fish.

It is considered the finest eating of all billfish, (swordfish),  species because of its tender flesh. Hawaiian Suggested Preparations: Raw (sashimi, sushi, poke, ceviche), Broiled, Grilled, Sauteed, Smoked, Tempura

Prefered temperature Range: 70 - 86 degrees.

The longest migration of any billfish is by a striped marlin, tagged and released near the tip of Baja, and then recovered 200 miles southwest of the Hawaiian Islands three months later, a distance of about 3,120 miles.

The Daily Limit for Marlin in Mexican Waters is one per angler per day and counts for 1/2 a days limit towards other species. Do to concerns of overfishing management efforts for commercial operations are that the total catch of North Pacific Striped Marlin be subject to a phased reduction such that by 1 January 2013 the catch is [80%] of the levels caught in 2000 to 2003.

A Jan 2013 assessment by NOAA, (here),  DNA Information suggest the presence of at least three clearly delineated Pacific stocks of striped marlin; North and South West Pacific, (off Japan and Australia), and East Pacific Out North and South America. Tagged fish also suggest East / West crossing and crossing the equator in the west are rare. But, does not make the conclusion that drift nets off of Taiwan do not effect Marlin in Mexico's Waters.

Spawning occurs in waters above 27 degrees celsius, (80 fahrenheit), up to every other day, with millions of zygotes released on each event,  making Marlin resilient to overfishing says the assessment. The assessment none the less concludes that overfishing has resulted in less total numbers of Marlin in the Pacific; and, numbers will double to triple in the next five years by reducing the total catch to 2,600 Million Tons, (which is the 2009 catch level).

May 2014

East Cape Via the past week more of the larger variety of game fish began to show up as waters warm, Including a strong uptick in Tuna and Marlin. “All boats targeting marlin are releasing at least one, most multiples. The fish are 15 to 20 minutes from the hotel directly in front of La Ribera.”

Cabos, Via Bajafisherman, with warming waters comes this report, "Capt. Julio Castro hooked up with 10 striped marlin one day at the 11.50-fathom spot" ... Pisces anglers caught a total of 126 striped marlin this past week, with just two kept.” ... 

March 2014 has a multi source post on striped marlin, Cortez side of Cabo seems to be where they are most abundant. 

September 2013

Phil Friedman in is radio report Sept 17th, titled "Marlin, tuna, dorado go nuts," from Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, Magdelena Bay, Cedos Island, Ensenada, and Rosarito; Regarding the current state of Baja California fishing.

Temp break show water temperatures above 70 degrees all the way up the coastline of Baja Today 9-17. Marlin however are not showing up in Ensenada fish counts yet. In 2012 the Marlin showed up in Magdalena Bay:in November, so its still early.

Wownews reports 61-pound Marlin out of San Quintin, 9-11-2013 so they are already begining to show up in northern baja waters.

Summer 2013 a year to remember in the Cabos.

Striped Marlin have not slowed down in the Cabos with almost any search on Google showing the cabos in the results for striped marlin. With catch rates of 100% the only thing to compare is size. Diego Erickson caught a 400 LB Blue Marlin on the Bad Medicine on August 25, 2013.

Location Reports

Loredo out of Loredo have seen some marlin; Although biologists do not believe the Sea of Cortez is a typical area for marlin they have been there on a seasonal bases, (photos); July being the month when they began showing up.


June 9th report from Reports Almost daily, there seems to be a boat that releases 2-3 Striped Marlin. Team Galati, Over the last two days, they have gone 30-38 on Striped Marlin.

May 2013 Marlin began Showing up in the East Cape. "Lots of billfish flags flapping on the out riggers. Boats are running out of enough flags to represent each fish caught. The harbor looks like laundry day happening. There are enough dorado, wahoo and release flags to pleasantly vary the color display scheme."