Blue Marlin are one of the fish on every angler’s list. They are fun and feisty and give a show of dancing and leaping on and out of the water, and some of them, known as Granders, can be over 1000 pounds. Blue Marlin are elusive, but there are spots worldwide where they are found in larger numbers throughout the year. Here is a list of the best locations on the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and the very best time to plan your vacation to land one of these beasts. This list is in no particular order; they are each the best for their own reasons.
Considered by many as the best place in the world for Marlin fishing, Kona on the big island of Hawaii has big Blue Marlin literally right off the coast. Many of the Granders are hooked two to five miles offshore, and big game fishing starts less than 1/2 mile from shore.
So why is Kona the best?
Cabo San Lucas
A town with the reputation of “The Marlin Capital of the World” you know has to be a destination for all anglers. Located on the tip of the Baja peninsula, it has many options for fishing. You can go east to the Sea of Cortez; you can go west along the coast towards Magdelena Bay or head out to the Pacific Ocean. No matter where your captain takes you, you will find fish year-round. Cabo San Lucas is consistently ranked in the world’s top ten fisheries. But why?
The Dominican Republic is slowly becoming known as a destination for all anglers worldwide. This is because of three areas that are Blue Marlin hotspots; Punta Cana/Cap Cana, Puerto Plata, and Bayahibe. But why are these three areas such great spots for Marlin?
Punta Cana/Cap Cana
The Puerto Rico Trench
St. Thomas USVI
The North Drop
The South Drop
The British Virgin Islands
Like St. Thomas, the Blue Marlin season the British Virgin Islands is from May to October and before and after the full moons are the best time to fish for big Marlin. FADs have not been implemented, but there are plans to add them to the waters, making the BVI’s much more desirable when it comes to landing Blue Marlin.