White Marlin

Occurs throughout the Atlantic Ocean from latitudes 35°S to 45°N, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the western Mediterranean Sea. Stray specimens have been recorded outside this range. Though this pelagic and migratory species is usually found in deep blue tropical and warm temperate waters, it frequently comes in close to shore where waters aren't much deeper than 8 fathoms. The White Marlin's preferred habitat is deep blue water over 100m (330 feet). 

White marlin are large, elongated fish with a large upper jaw that forms a spear which is round in cross-section. They are dark blue to chocolate-brown in color. Its most characteristic feature is the rounded, rather than pointed, tips of the pectoral fins, first dorsal fin and first anal fin. Some specimens apparently vary from the norm in that the dorsal and pectoral fins may be more pointed; the anal fin is more consistently rounded than the others. The first dorsal fin resembles that of the striped marlin (T. audax) in that it is usually as high or higher than the greatest body depth. It differs from that of the striped marlin, or any other marlin, in that both margins are convex. The flat, movable pectoral fins can easily be folded flush against the sides of the body. The lateral line is visible and straight. In overall appearance the white marlin is generally lighter in color and tends to show more green than do other marlins. Several light blue or lavender vertical bars may show on the flanks, especially when the fish is feeding or leaping (see striped marlin coloration). Some specimens have a scattering of black or purple spots on the first dorsal and anal fins.

Average size is 45 to 65 lbs (20–30 kg) roughly the size of an Indo-Pacific sailfish, with females reaching relatively larger sizes. The species usually migrates to high latitudes in the warm season. They reproduce while in the subtropics; spawning in early summer in deep, oceanic waters. Prey items include a variety of fish, crustaceans, and cephalopods.

Although generally considered to be a rare and solitary species relative to other similar fish, white marlin occur in small groups consisting of several individuals. 

Ocean City, Maryland is known as the White Marlin Capital of the World. The city hosts the annual White Marlin Open, a big game tournament which attracts anglers from all over the world and which frequently pays out over a million dollars to the winning team. The tournament encourages tag and release (non lethal) of the fish, although winning marlins are often brought back to the marina for verification of the size and weight. 

A top rated light tackle game fish, the white marlin can be caught by trolling with small whole or strip baits as well as with small spoons, feathers or any of a variety of other artificial lures. Live bait fishing with squid, ballyhoo, mullet, bonefish, mackerel, anchovies, herring and other fish is also successful. It feeds on whatever species are locally abundant.


Species Information

Scientific Name:Tetrapturus Albidus
Environment:Offshore
Ideal Temp:65-75ºF (18-24ºC)
Technique:Trolling
Lure Type:Trolling
World Record:82.5 kg (181 lb 14 oz) Vitoria , Brazil
Other Names:white marlin, spikefish, Atlantic white marlin

Latest White Marlin Fishing Reports and Spots

9/4 - 9/7 - 9/8/2021 5:50:26 AM

Body:  Offshore fishing has brought mixed catches over the last few days with some boats finding big schools of Dolphin while others have had W (View)


9/8/21 - 9/8/2021 5:56:00 AM

Body:  Several offshore boats went out on Wednesday before the weather got too bad. They had some nice catches of Dolphin and Wahoo plus a few (View)


blues before the blow - 8/31/2021 9:22:00 PM

Offshore boats had a good day fishing! Docks were scattered with tile fish mahi mahi black fin tuna and yellow fin tuna. Blue marlin white marl (View)


Good fishing for all! - 8/30/2021 8:32:00 PM

T'was a good day in the gulf! Offshore fellas slapped yellow fin tuna and mahi on the docks. There was also released blue marlin white marlin a (View)


beautiful blue day - 8/16/2021 9:28:00 PM

It was a beautiful day in the deep blue! Offshore boats had a good day catching yellow fin tuna tile fish dolphin along with some blue and whit (View)


Good day in the gulf - 8/17/2021 7:59:00 PM

Offshore boats brought in mahi mahi yellow fin tuna tile fish wahoo and also released blue and white marlin! Nearshore fellas had a great day! (View)


tuna & tiles with a chance of marlin - 8/18/2021 8:19:00 PM

Offshore anglers had a great day with a wide variety of species! Black fin tuna yellow fin tuna tile fish mahi mahi and wahoo! The bill fish bi (View)


MA 500 starts Monday - 8/14/2021 11:12:27 AM

August 15 2021 Anglers Slow week in the White Marlin Open. Fish were scattered and moon phase didn’t help. Tuna are spread out but Tilefish are (View)


Good Drum And Trout Fishing 8/13/21 - 8/13/2021 9:13:38 AM

We are having some pretty good drum and trout fishing on our sportsman half days. Nearshore has been blues and mackerel. Offshore trips are get (View)


Monday Mayhem - 8/9/2021 7:54:00 PM

Beautiful blue skies on the banks today! Multiple releases on white marlin blue marlin spearfish and sailfish. Also bringing to the dock from o (View)