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
Ideal Temp:68-77°F (20-25°C)
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

Early December was very good fishing - 1/8/2021 5:36:06 PM

Man it was so much fun fishing in early Dec. roosterfish dorado striped Marlin and even some colorado snappers. Cabo n Baja Anglers brings smil (View)

End of year Picante's fishing report - 1/4/2021 8:56:26 PM

Cabo San Lucas December Fishing report December best pictures Cabo San Lucas Weather Conditions Air: HIGH 73°F / LOW 50°FWater: SEA OF CORTEZ 6 (View)

Pisces Cabo Fishing Report December 12th to 18th - 12/22/2020 11:32:14 PM

Overall Catch Success rate: 96%  Billfish 69% Dorado 51% Tuna 20% Other 20% Great week of fishing for Pisces! Marlin bite has picked up with St (View)

Ambition report 20th.December’20 - 12/22/2020 7:31:11 PM

December Reports :- Reports were coming in of Striped Marlin and some good sized Mahi Mahi around the shelf and the odd Yellowfin further out. (View)

Roosters n Dorado. Nov 28th - 12/8/2020 5:21:04 AM

Cabo has been so much fun. The fishing has been so good for roosters n dorado as well as striped marlin. Plenty of action on most days n you j (View)


Best November Pictores November had some of the best Cabo fishing of the year. The Los Cabos Pacific side has incredible fishing for Striped an (View)

November 19th - 11/27/2020 6:11:04 PM

Yea! Cabo is back to normal N we are fishing everyday November fishing has been very good. Just tons of fun in the sun. We are catching mostly (View)

Fishing Highlights – June 1 – 15 2019 - 11/9/2020 12:07:22 PM

Billfish have been sighted sunning on the surface and fish species different to our menu of regulars bent rods. Guests released a Swordfish als (View)

Fishing in Kona Report – January 2017 – The Big Island of Hawaii - 11/5/2020 5:01:21 PM

January 2017 – The Big Island of Hawaii – We are catching decent numbers of Blue Marlin Striped Marlin Shortbilled Spearfish and Mahimahi right (View)