Zealand Marlin Fishing
The striped marlin is the most common of the larger game
fish found in the waters around The Bay of Islands.
Striped marlin are brilliantly coloured with
vertical pale blue stripes across the body, dark
metallic blue on the back fading to silvery white
underneath. The high dorsal fin is marked with blue
spots. Its slender bill, high dorsal lobe and straight
rear edge of the pectoral fin distinguish the striped
marlin from the other breeds.
Zealand striped marlins are amongst the largest in
the world, with the weight range of these fish
being between 70 and 220 kg and a length of up to
Most current and past world records for Striped Marlin
were set in New Zealand, with the Bay of Islands
boasting many of them. The heaviest striped marlin
ever recorded is 224.1 kg and is the current New
Zealand and world record.
The Striped marlin’s main food source is other fish,
of all sizes and includes bottom as well as surface
Adults arrive in New Zealand waters, from the central
South Pacific, in December or early January
when the ocean temperatures are 19 to 20 degrees celsius.
The Striped Marlin season normally finishes in May when
the water temperature drops to 17 to 18 celsisus.
Beginning with the introduction of a moratorium on
the commercial catch and sale of marlin, numbers have
dramatically increased. Since 2001 recreational captures
have been the highest on record, which means that your
chances of catching a marlin during your Bay of Islands
fishing holiday are very good.
Up to 75% of all Striped Marlin caught between the
Bay of Islands and the top of New Zealand are
"tagged and released"
Marlin captured on a Blue Sea charter
by far the most numerous, and common marlin species in
New Zealand is at the extreme limit of the
blue marlin's range and blue marlin are mainly caught
between the Bay of Islands and North Cape in the height
of summer between February and March. In the last few
years captures and tags of Blue Marlin have increased
dramatically with more boats working further
offshore in the blue marlin's favourite deep water
These fish average around 200kg, The record for the
largest Blue-Marlin caught with rod-and-reel is 461.3kg, with
an average weight, around, 200kg.
Catching a Marlin relies heavily on the skill of the
boats skipper, not only in how he handles the boat after
the strike but more importantly, the techniques he
uses when trolling, his choices of teasers and
live bait etc. The Skippers on our Blue Sea Charter
boats are all very experienced and passionate about
are planning a New Zealand fishing holiday in the Bay of
Islands and need our advice on the best times to come,
where to stay or any other local information please dont
hesitate to contact us. If you want to talk fishing, we
can do that all day.
you are planning a New Zealand fishing holiday in the
Bay of Islands and need our advice on the best times to
come, where to stay or any other local information
please don't hesitate to contact us. If you want to talk
fishing, we can do that all day.