Black Marlin near Cairns, Australia. Australia is spoiled for choice with sports fishing, fly fishing and Cairns is one of the top destinations on the planet for heavy-tackle game fishing.
One of Australia’s prime possessions is the Great Barrier Reef, a natural wonderland for endangered fish but also a treacherous yet luscious oasis of 1000 lbs black marlin or 44kg prime specimen of barramundi found just off the creek. Australia is spoiled for choice with sports fishing, fly fishing and Cairns is one of the top destinations on the planet for heavy-tackle game fishing. Known as the Marlin Mecca, the Great Barrier Reef is proven to be a fisherman’s ultimate haven. The spectrum of fish roaming these waters is beyond words and half the fun is discovering what bites the bait.
Zane Grey, an American author beloved for his spirit of adventure through the wild west and out at sea tells the tale of great marlin fishing but he would probably agree, you need to go try it out for yourself!
Fishing for marlin is a tough big game species of the deep sea that is also referred to as billfishing.
Marlin belong to a family of fish called the billfish and about 10 are sport fish the majority of anglers go after around the world. Because of their massive size, they have a lot of fish below them on the food chain.
Rigging a baitfish, regardless the type must be sewn extremely secured with wax thread or with other techniques to not loose a marlin when it hits your bait.
There are a variety of combinations to use as bait setups when trolling for marlin. Marlin, for some of the toughest spear fishing and fly fishing addicts is also a dream trip out to sea with many charters landing big marlin with some pretty wild stories to go with it.
Scientific name: Istiophoridae
Size: length 335 – 427 cm
Weight: 90 – 182 kg
Speed: 80km/hr – one of the fastest fish species in the world
Lifespan: female 27 years, male 18 years
Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing