Black Marlin fishing Costa Rica

Black MarlinThe black marlin is very similar to the blue marlin and can be in the same 70-85 degree tropical waters. Although they are in the same areas and feed on the same bait fish, the black marlin typically weighs just a bit more than the blues. Black marlin are very dense, round sport fish and can reach up to 15 feet in length. Like the blue marlin the females are the largest with males ranging in the 200-500 lb.

Black Marlin Description:

Black Marlin are differentiated from other marlin by their robust bodies and large heads. Typically a black marlin's body depth is greater than the height of its dorsal fin. As they name implies black marlin are much darker in color than blue marlin and have noticeable black backs and sides. Like the blues, they too have the elongated spear shaped upper jaw.

Black Marlin Feeding Habbits:

Black marlin also like to feed on squid, small tuna, Dorado and various other off-shore species. They are also known to be opportunistic feeders and have been caught with snappers, groupers, different members of the jack family.

Black Marlin Size:

The average size of black marlin is usually just a bit bigger than the blues and is in the range of 200-500 lbs. Like the blue marlin, females are almost always larger than males. Although the largest marlin ever caught were blues, more granders (1,000 lbs or more) have been black marlin.

Where are they found in Costa Rica:

Black marlin are found all along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Unlike the blue marlin which is in every ocean, black marlin are only in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They are also in warm tropical waters, but can be much closer to shore than blue marlin which makes them easier to find and sport fish for. It is common to find black marlin along shallow reefs or islands, which Costa Rica has plenty of. BEST MONTHS: Black marlin can and have been caught sport fishing year round in Costa Rica. They can usually be in warmer water than the blues which means they usually arrive a little later than them. The best months along the Southern and Central Pacific is December-February with July and August offering a good second season. In the Northwest region of Guanacaste they typically found from April to September

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