The Atlantic blue marlin fish is pretty popular around the waters of Punta Cana. It is common to find it along with the wahoo, the king mackerel and the mahi mahi.
The marlin is well known in Punta Cana and all around the world; several competitions are held to determine who can obtain the largest specimen. Some people travel to Punta Cana not only to relax but also to get a chance of finding the always challenging marlin.
Features of the Blue Marlin Fish
Typically the marlin can be found in most areas of the Atlantic Ocean; although the western part seems to be the most likely place for their location. The fish also tends to be present in waters with a temperature ranging from 21°C (70°F) to 30°C (86°F). During the winter months they prefer to remain close to the tropics while in summer they travel to the northern latitudes. The best time to look for them in Punta Cana is around June, July, August and September. One interesting detail about the marlins is that females tend to be significantly heavier than their males counterpart. The average female can weight approximately 1200 lb while males only go for 350 lb at most; however, some reports indicate that females weighting 1800 lb have been found. The length of some females can reach a staggering 16 feet.
The blue marlin fish can be differentiated from other fish quite easily. Their most distinct feature is the very long bill which gives them away quickly. The top of their body is a very dark blue almost black color. At the sides you can appreciate several vertical cobalt blue bands with round dots on certain occasions. They can change to a very bright blue color as they hunt.
Fishing for the Marlin
There are many factors
you need to consider before going after the marlins. Depending on the
location some are bigger while others tend to be smaller. It is a bit
hard to catch but for that very reason is preferred above all others
especially for game fish. You have to decide which size you are going
to target and prepare for it.
Live, natural and artificial baits are used to lure marlins.
The skipjack tuna, the mullet and the squid are among the preferred live baits. It is important to remember that a low trolling speed should be used. This type of bait is more recommended for small areas.
Natural baits have been quite popular for decades. Great success in catching the blue marlin fish have been achieved by using rigged mackerel and ballyhoo. This bait can also be combined with an artificial lure to improve the performance.
Artificial lures are known as the current favorite method to trap marlins. The purpose of this lure is to disturb the water and get as much attention as possible from the marlin. They are made from all kinds of materials and come in different shapes and colors. You can also find them in different sizes: small which ranges from 7 to 8 inches, medium from 10 to 12 inches and large which is 14 inches and bigger.
The head of the lure is typically made from plastic or metal with a colored skirt attached to it. The artificial lure has the added benefit that can be used at higher trolling speeds than live baits. Typically a maximum speed of 9 knots is ideal, although some boats can manage to do well at 15 knots. This allows covering a significant fishing area in a shorter amount of time.