What do you use to catch Marlin? Rod and Reel Short Rod Revolving spool with lever action drags Lure or Bait Mackerel Tuna Artificial Lure Chair Braided Line Makes reeling up big fish under heavy drag much easier. Also, makes it simpler to feel a bite (source 15).
Capt. Peter B. Wright “I use Dacron [braided line] as backing on my big reels because it is easy to splice and has half the stretch of mono[monofilament nylon], which makes it much easier on the reel. This protects the reel from the pressure of my mono top shot. You have to make sure that you pack the Dacron tightly on the spool, a bit more so than mono, to prevent it from digging in and breaking prematurely under load,” (source 14).
Found Temperate and tropical waters of the Atlantic Eating Marlin Most people do not eat marlin on a regular basis (source 13). Marlin contains unhealthy levels of mercury which are 20 -30 times higher than other fish. Not recommended to be eaten.
Minimum Size White Marlin – 66” Blue Marlin – 99” Limit 1 per person per day Remarks All landed marlin must be reported to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) within 24 hours. HMS permit required in federal waters. Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore. Feed on Tuna.
What do you need to catch Sharks? Tackle: Heavy conventional stiff rod Heavy reel and large hook ( J hook or circle hook) Bait : Scented fish (barracuda, mackerel, kingfish) Chum (Bait usually consisting of oily fish ground up and scattered on the water, (source 17). Throw this into the water to attract fish. Suspend bait under a balloon or bobber and stagger it at different water depths: shallow, mid level & deep.
Where can sharks be found? Around rock piles Reef edges Short fin Mako Shark – tropical and warm waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Blue Shark – prefer cool to temperate waters found throughout northeastern waters in summer months
Minimum Size: 54” for all shark except for Atlantic sharp nose, blacknose, blacktip, bonnethead, fine tooth and smooth dogfish sharks Limit 1 per person or 2 per vessel per day, whichever is less Remarks: Hook and line gear only Must remain in whole condition until brought ashore. Harvest prohibited by or with any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead natural bait. Sharks should never be brought to boats unless fully exhausted.
Minimum Size Bluefin Tuna – 27 “ to 47” Yellowfin Tuna & Bigeye Tuna 27” Limit Northern region (North of New Jersey) 1 per day August 25 to September 14 Southern region (New Jersey and all states South) 1 per day from July 1-21 Remarks: Tuna permit is required to retain a Tuna
What you need to catch it? Tackle: Rod and Reel Bait Feather jigs Small squid imitations Live or fresh dead bait Hard-bodied lures Chum Found: Near the surface of the water while hunting schools of fish Best to fish for in low light conditions
Methods for fishing tuna Trolling Chumming
Trolling Slow speeds (5 - 9 mph) Let out ¼ of line (about 100 yards or more) When Tuna hit the line they hook themselves, take the line, and run with it. The reel begins to spin very fast. When fighting tuna, reel it in when feeling and seeing slack in the line because the fish is swimming towards the boat. Always keep the line tight so the tuna does not spit the hook. Battles with large Tunas can last several hours.
Chumming Find your potential fishing spot Way of chumming Tie the chum bag on a cleat and place the bag into the water, allowing the current to create a “chum slick” behind the boat.