In Clearwater, marlin is not an easy fish to catch. These elusive giants have already suffered horrifically from over-fishing. They do not exist in large numbers and are incredibly difficult to find. We typically only find blue marlin and white marlin. Black or striped marlin is even scarcer. When fishing for marlin in Clearwater, you are more likely to catch other billfish varieties such as swordfish and sailfish.
Icons for sports fishing in Clearwater, marlins are very highly respected. These amazing creatures grow into true giants and their strength is legendary. True stories abound of marlins pulling fishing boats across vast distances in the ocean and they are phenomenally fast – reaching speeds nearing 70mph underwater. Existing near the top of the ocean's food chain, marlins hold the world in awe. These beautiful animals owe some of this to Ernest Hemingway. He wrote a book called The Old Man and the Sea which is about an old fisherman having to battle a giant marlin by himself, on the tiniest boat.
Now that we understand just how hard it is to catch marlin in Clearwater, we can talk about how to achieve this goal. Marlins come near Clearwater during their migrations but we only ever catch them far offshore – which is out of the range of our shorter fishing charters. Your best chance to catch a marlin lies in fishing along the continental shelf, in waters ranging between 600ft and 1 000ft deep. Your chances will increase further if you travel into the waters off the coast of the Bahamas. Our Clearwater fishing charters have found that marlin fishing is generally better there. If you can make the trip then we will take you to the Bahamas from Clearwater.
There are two things that you need to remember when fishing for marlin in Clearwater:
- The speed your boat is trolling at is of utmost importance. Marlins are intelligent and understand exactly how their natural diet swims through the water. They are also likely faster than any boat you will be travelling on. We suggest cruising between seven and fifteen knots. Your bait will not resemble their common prey if you are going slower than seven knots. It will also be devoured by every other fish in the sea. If you are going faster than fifteen knots then your bait will look even more unnatural and it will simply fall apart.
- Although marlins can be caught on frozen bait and lures, our Clearwater fishing charters know that using live bait will increase your chances of catching them. As with other billfish species, live bait is the most successful – by far. If you decide to use frozen bait then we recommend combining it with a skirt. This will keep your bait protected and help to attract a marlin.
Call us today to book your Clearwater Marlin Fishing Charter and discover the thrill of these majestic fish.