While drifting around for threshers at the shark grounds and swinging in some Montauk local native species such as seabass and ling…the unexpected happened after safely releasing a Dusky…a WHITE MARLIN TOOK THE LIVE BLUE FISH ON THE WIRE LEADER.
The marlin met regulations coming in at 69 inches in the fork. These fish stop maturing at 51 inches and the legal size to keep is 66 inches from lower jaw to fork length, and of course a HMS permit is needed to keep them.
White marlin typically live in areas of 71 degrees or higher and typically found in canyons and shoals and depths of about 325 feet, however they can make their guest appearance at 50 ft…when in such shallow areas this is known as "tailing" in which only the dorsal lobe of the tail fin is visible above the surface of the water.
As far as feeding goes for them, they are sight feeders, feed during the day, and they go after bait such as mackerel, dolphin, squid , herring, flying fish, and crabs. (No wonder they taste so good)
With the facts i listed above can any of you guess where this was caught? After talking to a bunch of experienced salty dogs today they had told me it used to be like this in the 60’s!
Were any of you around for that? If so please tell me your stories, i would love to hear them and even see pictures!
Pictured is Captain Daniel of Double D charters in montauk!