April 20, 2013
Similar in color to the Blue Marlin but proportionately lighter in body; Whites can be distinguished from small Blues by the rounded tips of dorsal, anal and pectoral fins.
Averages 40-70 pounds; 100-pounders not too uncommon; maximum less than 200. World record 181 pounds, 14 ounces; Florida record 161 pounds.
Good but commercially protected and seldom eaten by sportsmen.
Probably the most aerial-minded of our Billfishes, but with plenty of stamina as well.
TACKLE AND BAITS
Light ocean trolling or heavy spinning outfits with lines up to 30-pound test; 12- and 20-pound lines are tops for sport. Anglers tar- geting White Marlin usually choose rigged trolling baits, such as Ballyhoo, strips or squid. They will, of course, eagerly strike live Blue Runners, Goggle-eyes and similar baitfish that are considered standard Sailfish baits. Artificial trolling lures also take many Whites.
Trolling; sometimes Drifting.
Spikefish Aguja Blanco
Blue ocean water off all Florida coasts and through- out the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Like the Blue Marlin, a roamer of the open sea, and sought by anglers wherever feeding conditions or tempera- tures are most favorable.
Abaco White Marlin
Shannon landed her first white marlin off the Fishbone while in the Abacos
Sebastian White Marlin
Kurt Schirmer was surprised to discover the 100-pound catch was a white marlin. He caught this fish in 650ft with a blue/white skirted ballyhoo and fought her for 30 minutes
FS member Team Mayhem caught this white marlin out of a double on the 409 hump in the Keys. It was his first ever marlin.
Cat Island White Marlin
Florida Sportsman forum member 001 caught this white marlin trolling off Cat Island, Bahamas.
It's a White One!
Will found this marlin 8 miles off Miami.
White marlin Wows
This Port Everglades white marlin was a welcomed surprise.