WHITE MARLIN (Tetrapturus albidus) OTHER NAMES: Spikefish, Aguja Blanco
Short, heavy bill, Greenish-blue above, silvery-white below. Light blue stripes may be present. Dorsal and anal fins are rounded, and may contains spots. The lateral line is conspicuous on the white marlin; but, can not be seen on the blue.
RANGE: Blue ocean water off all Florida coasts and throughout the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
HABITAT: Like the Blue Marlin, a roamer of the open sea, and sought by anglers wherever feeding conditions or temperatures are most favorable.
DESCRIPTION: Similar in color to the Blue Marlin but proportionately lighter in body; Whites can be distinguished from small Blues by the rounded tips of dorsal, anal and pectoral fins.
SIZE: Averages 40-70 pounds; 100-pounders not too uncommon; maximum less than 200. World record 181 pounds, 14 ounces; Florida record 161 pounds.
FOOD VALUE: Good but commercially protected and seldom eaten by sportsmen.
GAME QUALITIES: Probably the most aerial-minded of our Billfishes, but with plenty of stamina as well.
TACKLE AND BAITS: Light ocean trolling or heavy spinning outfits with lines up to 30-pound test; 12- and 20-pound lines are tops for sport. Anglers targeting White Marlin usually choose rigged trolling baits, such as Ballyhoo, strips or squid. They will, of course, eagerly strike live Blue Runners, Goggle-eyes and similar baitfish caught are considered standard Sailfish baits. Artificial trolling lures also take many Whites. White Marlin Combo Guide
FISHING SYSTEMS: Trolling; sometimes Drifting.