Striped Marlin

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Striped Marlin

Species Information

Scientific Name:Tetrapturus Audax
Common Names:striped marlin, red marlin, stripe marlin
Ideal Temp:68-77°F (20-25°C)

About 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.

Striped Marlin Fishing

World Record:224.075 kg (494 lb) Tutukaka, New Zealand
# Fish Caught:24657 documented in database.
Earliest Record:7/23/1954 12:00:00 AM and located at 22.88333, -110.36667.
Latest Record:6/21/2024 1:59:15 AM and located at -31.82141, 115.73853.
Common Techniques:Trolling
Popular Lure Types:Trolling
Fishing Spots:3396 Striped Marlin fishing spots.

Latest Striped Marlin Fishing Reports and Spots

Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 21 June 2024 🎣 - 6/21/2024 1:59:15 AM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 21/06/24 Now that our South-West regions have copped a bit (View)

The HOT Fishing Streak Continues - 6/4/2024 12:18:09 PM

The HOT fishing streak continues. April produced stellar fishing and May numbers are not far behind. Blue marlin and striped marlin continued to (View)

Ambition Report 28th.April’24 - 4/30/2024 3:24:38 AM

Last weekend coinciding with The Port Hacking 100 Tournament was an interesting if not frustrating couple of days to go fishing but it did have (View)

Ambition Report 1st.April’24 - 4/4/2024 6:55:37 PM

March Striped Marlin: These last few weeks have produced some of the best Marlin fishing off Sydney for a long time – bring on the March Stripe (View)

Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 28 March 2024 🎣 - 3/27/2024 11:15:30 PM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 28/03/24 There's reportedly been a lot of sightings of wah (View)

March 24th Baja Anglers fishing update Come get your Easter hunt for fish down in Cabo! Were catching roosterfish jack dorado and sierra inshore and striped marlin offshore There’s no place like Cabo n fishing with Baja Anglers and is your best option with Guides that been guiding with us for over 26 years n fish 280 days per year. - 3/24/2024 11:25:00 AM


Ambition report 11th.March’24 - 3/13/2024 3:52:14 PM

Autumn Fishing has always been the best time of year for Game Fishing out of Sydney. Generally speaking Autumn Fishing is when we encounter the (View)

Pisces Sportfishing Report February 16 – 21 2024 - 2/23/2024 8:25:18 PM

"LA CHINGONA " a 46' Viking run by Captain Miguel and Mates Nestor and Pablo for anglers Adrien Stern Elisa Morcira Jacob Mustaklen Nikoloz Dar (View)

BLUE SKIES & BLUE WATER FISHING - 2/21/2024 9:22:32 PM

DONALSON CCA GROUP Fresh out the gate the Beaumont group fished the last couple of days Feb 20-21 and over their 2 days on the water released 1 (View)

Feb has been really good fishing for dorado striped marlin n roosters - 2/11/2024 8:32:00 PM