Marlin Fishing Lures
Below is a list of our recommended big game fishing lures when fishing for marlin and other bill fish.
Blue Marlin Saltwater Fishing Lures
Your dreams as a blue water angler could just about be ready to come true... A blue marlin is trailing your lure and bait. Now, if you have a C&H Vanuatu lure on the end of your line, get ready for the experience of a lifetime! Our Vanuatu Special is responsible for countless blue marlin catches and is recognized as one of the most successful billfish lure designs ever. Perhaps your captain is trolling fast and you opted for our C&H Deep Runner Express instead of the Vanuatu lure. Still, better get ready! This lure has been nicknamed by our anglers as “American Express”: You don’t want to leave home without it.
If you’re looking for a billfish lure with lots of action, you should check out the C&H Swimmer lure and the C&H Stubby lure. Swimmers are excellent outrigger blue marlin lures and spend as much time on the surface as they do running several inches below. When correctly trolled, the Stubby lure throws a fine mist of water as it breaks the surface. This is the lure of choice when trolling close to the weed lines. The C&H Stubby is a straight runner and shakes grass off easily. You can let other anglers know about your catch-and-release when you fly a C&H Release Flag along with your C&H Blue Marlin Flag.
Blue marlin spend their entire lives in deep blue waters of the open sea. Of all the large billfish, the Atlantic blue marlin is the most tropical and can usually be found living in temperate waters. The blue marlin is well named for its blue-black color from the tip of their bill to the tip of their tail. Experienced billfish anglers know how to fish the edges of deep water shelves where the currents of warmer and cooler waters produce an abundance of smaller fish for the marlin to feed upon. Juvenile blues seldom leave the warm tropical waters. Unfortunately, these are the same deep currents where commercial long liners fish and account for the majority of incidental kills every year.
Once a blue marlin is hooked, the fight has truly just begun. Experienced blue water anglers talk of the blue marlin’s incredible strength, which is only exceeded by the strength of a grander-sized bluefin tuna. Before dropping a fishing line for blue marlin, it is really important to invest in the right fishing equipment. The strength of the saltwater rod and drag of the fishing reel will both get tested in a fight with a big blue. As for bait, blues prefer live or frozen baits attached to attention grabbing blue marlin lures. Landing a grander requires all the strength, intelligence and determination that the fortunate angler may possess; and still, boat captains report having to cut the line to free a tiring angler that’s losing the fight to a blue marlin.
Since the loss of many of the larger species of game fish, many blue water anglers now consider the blue marlin to be the trophy catch for saltwater fishing. Since rods bow and reels sing when you hook a grander of any size, it leaves any serious saltwater fishermen to ponder the experience of landing the world’s record all-tackle catch for a blue marlin of 1,402 lbs. Today, anglers still flock to the warm waters of the Azores where locals report sightings of blue marlin that would scale over a thousand pounds, called “Red October” in honor of their unbelievable (or un-measurable) size.