Marlin Fishing Made Simple - 5 Quick Pro Tips for Chasing Marlin

1. Keep It Simple!

After a decade of Marlin fishing, if there is one thing I have learnt, it’s to keep it simple. Too many novices get caught up in the hype of having all the rods, all the lures and all the gear they can afford-without understanding how to use any of it all. Sure, I too am guilty of having more fishing gear then an Eskimo has ice cubes, but more often than not, we will only take a handful of that gear. If you fine-tune your techniques and concentrate on just the gear you have, you will find that you will catch more fish as a result!

2. Quality Over Quantity

The first important rule is always to buy the best gear you can afford. There is no point having 5 “OK” game fishing outfits when you can have 2 or 3 top of the line outfits like the Penn International range. You only fight one fish at a time (2 if you’re really lucky!!), so you might as well make sure to give yourself the best chance of landing that fish with quality equipment that won’t let you down. This goes right through the inventory of things you need, line, swivels, leaders, lures, crimps and hooks.

3. Preparation

Spend some time understanding you gear. Learn the drag curve of your reel’s drag system. Understand how much drag pressure increases on your reel as the spool empties from a rampaging Marlin on the horizon. Use the 2 speed gearing and learn how it works- practice clicking it in and out under load. Set your gimbal belt and harness up AT HOME and practice keeping a constant load on it whilst fighting. Simply tying line to your tow bar is good enough. Spend the time rigging your lures and sharpening hooks to ensure everything is perfect. Don’t bore yourself rigging hundreds of lures, pick 4 or 5 of your favourites and make them flawless.

4. On the Water

Now once your neat little kit is all ready to go, it’s time to hit the water. When you get to the area you want to fish, there is no need to throw out 6 or 7 lures. I believe a novice crew should have only 3 or 4 out with a quality teaser. I assure you that the fish is coming up because of the boat in the first instance, so having one lure less won’t distract them from you once you find them. This ensures that there is less in the water to clear if you get a strike and enables you to start chasing your fish a heck of a lot quicker. Just ensure to keep one lure close to the boat, one in the clear water and one out the back. As you build confidence, start filling in the gaps.

5. Using Live Baits

If you decide to use live bait, 2 baits out is plenty. Stagger your baits to help keep tight turns remain tangle free. If you don’t have outriggers, then keep your reels in free-spool by elasticing the line to a bollard or even off the rod tip. Often we will do this when the wind is playing havoc with our baits from the high ‘riggers anyway.

With a bit of fine-tuning and simple fishing, you will find you’ll be spending more time actually looking for fish—and of course catching them!

See you on the water.

Anthony Raco