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Blue marlin are found in warm and temperate waters worldwide, ranging as far north as Massachusetts in the Atlantic and southern California in the Pacific. There are particularly large populations of them off the North Carolina coast in summertime and farther south in winter.

These fish are principally caught on trolled whole baits, flying fish, mullet, strip baits, and lures.

Although this species doesn't grow nearly as large as the blue marlinit averages 50 pounds but can reach a bit more than 150 poundsit is very popular with offshore anglers because of its willingness to hit baits and lures and its propensity to jump often and go on long runs when hooked. The white marlin's back is a bright blue while its flanks are silvery white, both of which are marked with light-blue vertical bars. Its dorsal fin is rounded, rather than sharply pointed like the blue's.

White marlin are found only in the Atlantic Ocean, from Brazil north to Nova Scotia. The species migrates north as the weather warms, and concentrations of white marlin show up off Maryland and the east end of Long Island. They hit a variety of trolled baits and lures, and often are targeted by anglers specializing in light offshore tackle.

This fish shares the distinction with the blue as being the largest of marlins, reaching a ton in weight. The color of the black marlin varies, although its back is often a deep slate blue with whitish sides. It is distinguished from all other marlins by the fact that its pectoral fins protrude rigidly at a right angle from its body and can't

The black marlin is mainly a fish of the Pacific and Indian oceans. It is primarily found from Peru north to Mexico, with some fish entering waters off southern California. Trolled baits and lures take most of these fish, though drifting with live bait is a common method in some areas.

Striped Marlin

This marlin runs much smaller than the blue and black marlins. It averages around 200 pounds, but can reach more than twice that weight. It has a high, sharply pointed dorsal fin with a steel-blue back that gradually fades to white along the sides, which are marked with wide white or blue vertical bars.

Like the black marlin, the striped marlin inhabits the Indian and Pacific oceans, and is caught as far north as southern California. It will take trolled baits, lures, and drifted live baits.

White Marlin

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