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

See what's biting across WA in Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 17 September 2021 🎣 - 9/16/2021 9:27:12 PM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 17/09/21 Our Contributers Zach Relph Joachim Azzopardi Pet (View)


See what's biting across WA in Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 10 September 2021 🎣 - 9/9/2021 11:15:23 PM

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See what's biting across WA in Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 03 September 2021 🎣 - 3/9/2021 12:12:00 AM

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Costa Rica Striped Marlin Sailfish and Mahi Mahi - 8/17/2021 5:23:39 PM

  We caught two of the most beautiful Striped Marlin today.  Just look at their colors!!!  We ended up adding a Mahi Mahi and 1 of 4 for Sailfi (View)


July 2021 Picante fishing report - 8/6/2021 6:17:06 PM

Our monthly fishing report. Yellowfin tuna and Mahi mahi aboard the Caliente 45 It’s been a productive July so far. The Picante fleet loaded on (View)


June fishing in Cabo Picante’s fishing Report - 7/3/2021 7:52:18 PM

June 2021 Fishing report Striped Marlin action aboard the Picante fleet during June June was a great month for Striped marlin and Yellowfin tun (View)


From brown trout near Waroona to coral trout off Broome there's plenty to read AND see in Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 25 June 2021 🎣 - 6/25/2021 1:39:19 AM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 25/06/21 Perth fisher Angus Line loves cruising down the S (View)


The Marlin fishing continues May 2021 fishing report. - 6/2/2021 1:25:46 PM

MAY 2021 FISHING REPORT Lots of Striped Marlin action aboard the Picante fleet during Spring CABO weather conditionsAir:   HIGH 83 °F / LOW 74 (View)


Cabo Reopening Fishing Report - 7/6/2020 8:53:29 AM

Striped Marlin aboard the Picante 40′  On June 15th the Picante Team together with the other colleagues from the fishing community in Cabo cele (View)


April 2021 fishing in Marlin Capital - 5/5/2021 12:10:11 PM

APRIL 2021 FISHING REPORT Lots of action in the Picante fleet Cabo San Lucas Weather Conditions Air: HIGH 78 °F / LOW 65 °FWater: SEA OF CORTEZ (View)