Striped Marlin

The striped marlin, Kajikia audax, is a small species of marlin found in tropical to temperate Indo-Pacific oceans not far from the surface. It is a desirable commercial and game fish with a record weight (in 1982) of 190 kg (420 lb) 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. One of their chief prey is sardines.

The striped marlin (Family Istiophoridae) is a large, oceanic fish with a long, round bill, small teeth and tall dorsal fin which decreases in height ending just before the second dorsal fin. Striped marlin reach a maximum size of nearly 12 feet, weighing over 450 pounds. The International Gamefish AssociationThe previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries disclaimer all-tackle record is for a 494-pound fish caught near New Zealand in 1986. 

Generally, fish begin arriving in the coastal and insular waters off southern California in June and remain until at least October. The number of fish moving into the southern California bight during any particular year is associated with water temperatures. The colder water north of Point Conception usually limits their northward distribution although during El Nio years they commonly range north to about San Francisco. The water off the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula to Manzanillo, Mexico is an area of high striped marlin abundance, that support a large recreational fishery. The striped marlin catch rate is 0.65 per days-fishing. Estimated recreational catches of striped marlin off Los Cabos, BCS average 12,000 fish annually.

Species Information

Scientific Name:Kajikia audax
Environment:Offshore
Ideal Temp:68-77°F (20-25°C)
Technique:Trolling
Lure Type:Trolling
World Record:224.075 kg (494 lb) Tutukaka, New Zealand
Other Names:striped marlin, red marlin, stripe marlin

Latest Striped Marlin Fishing Reports and Spots

Winter Fishing Remains Strong with Bass Jacks Stripers and Yellowfin Tuna - 2/20/2021 9:38:15 PM

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Roosters n Dorado. Nov 28th - 11/28/2020 11:24:00 AM

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Bull dolphinfish monster Spanish mackerel and cray-zy crayfish there's plenty to read in Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 18 December 🎣 - 12/18/2020 1:30:18 AM

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Wishing a happy holidays to our cast of thousands there's plenty to read in Recfishwest's final State-wide Fishing Report 24 December of 2020 🎣 🎅 - 12/23/2020 7:00:00 PM

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A rare catch at Quobba to blue groper in the South West there's plenty to read in Recfishwest's first State-wide Fishing Report 15 January of 2021 🎣 - 1/15/2021 1:45:00 AM

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Black bream in the Swan River to longtail tuna off Steep Point there's plenty to read in Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 22 January 2021 🎣 - 1/22/2021 2:12:54 AM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 22/01/21 You beauty! Sokhom Chhouk hauled in this longtail (View)


More dolphinfish at the FADs and massive land-based hoodlums there's plenty to read in Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 29 January 2021 🎣 - 1/29/2021 1:00:00 AM

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Mulloway at E Sheds metro dolphinfish and marlin off Exmouth there's plenty to read in Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 12 February 2021 🎣 - 2/12/2021 3:30:00 AM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 12/02/21 FADtastic! On Tuesday this week Joel Borgers made (View)


January Cabo Fishing Report - 2/2/2021 12:25:59 PM

Cabo San Lucas is Striped Marlin home and people travel from all over the world to experience it. Right now the marlin numbers just got better (View)


Puerto Vallarta fishing report for December - 2/13/2021 11:01:06 AM

Puerto Vallarta fishing in December is a fantastic season for striped marlin mahi-mahi wahoo sailfish and other pelagic fish that roam this pri (View)