WHAT IS YOUR FA­VORITE DES­TI­NA­TION FOR BIG BLUE MAR­LIN?

Marlin - - BEFORE THE STRIKE -

RITCHIE HOW­ELL KITTY HAWK, NORTH CAROLINA

There are sev­eral places where I have seen some big blue mar­lin, but by far the largest one I have ever seen was right here off Ore­gon In­let. I al­ways joke and say that it looked like a box­car with fins. Another spot that is very close to my heart is Ber­muda. That is­land has it all. While we are fish­ing, the wives and girl­friends who don’t fish can en­joy the nat­u­ral beauty. There are great beaches, shop­ping and nightlife, and the peo­ple there are so friendly. It’s clean and lush and truly of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one. It’s also one of my top spots for a gi­ant blue mar­lin. I’ve caught

some big fish there.

KEVIN DEERMAN TIKI IS­LAND, TEXAS

In the early 1990s, I spent a cou­ple of sea­sons in Panama, and I saw some mon­sters there. I’d love to spend some time in Ber­muda, and I would also pick Hawaii as one of my fa­vorite va­ca­tion big­fish spots. The Gulf of Mex­ico has been pretty good to us though. We were lucky enough to catch the state-record blue here in Texas a few years ago. We had another big girl show up be­hind the boat a while back when we were live-bait­ing that we def­i­nitely be­lieve would have topped 1,000 pounds. The Gulf is a good place to tar­get big blues if you don’t mind the long runs.

TIM RICHARD­SON CAIRNS, AUS­TRALIA

Al­though I have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence with big black mar­lin, blues over 500 pounds are not a fish I en­counter reg­u­larly due to my char­ter sched­ule. We do have some de­cent blue mar­lin off Cairns and Fraser Is­land in Aus­tralia at dif­fer­ent times, and Ex­mouth in Western Aus­tralia has some nice fish dur­ing the year as well. I weighed my only grander blue, a 1,199-pounder, in Ber­muda, and I’m look­ing for­ward to go­ing back this year with clients for a week — it’s just such a beau­ti­ful place. Other great spots for big blues are Madeira, Cape Verde, the Azores, Kona and the Sey­chelles.

ROBERT “CUJO” BRINKMEYER STUART, FLORIDA

There are a lot of places I’ve vis­ited around the world where we have caught a lot of blue mar­lin, and they all hold a spe­cial place in my heart. One fa­vorite of mine is Cape Verde. I’ve been there twice now, and the av­er­age size and num­ber of fish is in­cred­i­ble. In Ber­muda, the mar­lin are big, and you’re look­ing for that one spe­cial fish, es­pe­cially if you’re fish­ing in a tour­na­ment like the World Cup.

The same goes with Madeira, where you’re fish­ing for that one big blue. There are plenty of other great places in the world, but these would be my top picks.

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