Black, Blue & Striped Marlin: How to Spot the Differences in Cabo’s Waters

Marlin species in Cabo

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As an angler heading out on the waters of Cabo San Lucas, you’re entering the ‘Marlin Capital of the World’. Here, Black, Blue, and Striped Marlin rule the ocean, each species offering a unique and exhilarating fishing experience. But how do you tell these marlin species apart? In this post, we’ll uncover the individual characteristics of each marlin and share some expert tips to help you identify them on your next trip with RedRum Sportfishing.

Black Marlin: The Powerhouses

Black Marlin in Cabo

Black Marlin are the largest of the marlin species. They have a distinctive dark black-blue color on their back, fading to a silver belly. Their most noticeable feature is their flat, pointed bill, and a lower dorsal fin that is rigid and cannot be folded down into a groove as with other Marlin species. These powerhouses are known for their formidable strength and speed, providing an unmatched thrill for anglers.

Blue Marlin: The Speedsters

Blue Marlin in Cabo

Slightly smaller than Black Marlin but not far behind in terms of strength, Blue Marlin boast a stunning deep cobalt blue coloration on their back that fades into a silvery white belly. Their rounded bill and the ability to fold their dorsal and anal fins flat into a body groove set them apart from Black Marlin. They’re famed for their speed and agility, making them a challenging and rewarding catch for experienced anglers.

Striped Marlin: The Acrobats

Striped Marlin in Cabo

The smallest of the three species, Striped Marlin, are easily identifiable due to a series of cobalt blue stripes that appear along their sides when they’re excited or feeding. Additionally, they have a high, pointed dorsal fin that often towers above their body height. Known for their spirited fights and acrobatic jumps, they often tail-walk on the water’s surface when hooked, offering quite a show!

When you embark on a fishing trip with RedRum Sportfishing, you’re signing up for a unique adventure in the Marlin Capital of the World. Our expert guides are experienced in identifying different Marlin species and will provide invaluable insights to help you understand these majestic creatures better.

Whether you’re an experienced angler eager to hook a powerhouse Black Marlin, or you’re dreaming of witnessing the acrobatic display of a hooked Striped Marlin, RedRum Sportfishing caters to all skill levels and preferences. We believe in more than just fishing; we advocate for conservation, respect for our oceans, and a deep love for the sport.

If you’re ready to join us in Cabo’s waters to test your skills against the Black, Blue, or Striped Marlin, visit our website or get in touch with our team to book your trip today. We look forward to setting sail with you on an unforgettable fishing adventure!

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