The white marlin's most characteristic feature is the rounded, rather than pointed, tips of the pectoral fins, first dorsal fin and first anal fin.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A WHITE MARLIN
Some specimens apparently vary from the norm in that the dorsal fin in that the dorsal and pectoral fins may be more pointed; the anal fin is more consistently rounded than the others. The first dorsal fin resembles that of the striped marlin in that it is usually as high or higher than the greatest body depth. It differs from that of the striped marlin, or any other marlin, in that both margins are convex. The flat, movable pectoral fins can easily be folded flush against the sides of the body. The lateral line is visible and straight.In overall appearance the white marlin is generally lighter in color and tends to show more green that do other marlins. Several light blue or lavender vertical bars may show on the flanks, especially when the fish is feeding or leaping (see striped marlin coloration). Some specimens have a scattering of black or purple spots on the first dorsal and anal fins.
WHERE TO CATCH WHITE MARLIN
Occurs throughout the Atlantic Ocean from latitudes 35 degrees South to 45 degrees North, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the western Mediterranean Sea. Stray specimens have been recorded outside this range. Though this pelagic and migratory species is usually found in deep blue tropical and warm temperate waters, it frequently comes in close to shore where waters arent much deeper than 8 fathoms. The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish:
BAITFISH PATCHES FLOATING FOAM AND DEBRIS
REEFS, WRECKS, AND SHOALS DEEP SHORE WATER
HOW TO CATCH WHITE MARLIN
A top rated light tackle game fish, the white marlin can be caught by trolling with small whole or strip baits as well as with small spoons, feathers or any variety of other artificial lures. Live bait fishing with squid, ballyhoo, mullet, bonefish, mackerel, anchovies, herring and other fish is also successful. It feeds on whatever species are locally abundant. The following are fishing methods used to catch this fish:
DRIFT FISHING SALTWATER TROLLING
WHITE MARLIN LURES, TACKLE & BAIT
The following are lures, tackle or bait that can be used to catch this fish:
CUT BAIT SQUID SALTWATER LIVE BAIT TROLLING LURES