Related By keeping a log of how every blue marlin hit a lure in the spread, the author was able to determine that the mass majority of fish attack from below the lure, sweeping from the inside of the spread outward toward clean water. Photo by Charlie Levine. This diagram shows how marlin attack lures fished off of the outriggers and flat lines. The shotgun lure was more randomly hit. To achieve an average catch rate of 80 percent, the author offsets the angle of his hooks by 10 degrees. Courtesy of Steve Campbell.
Black marlin tactics and tackle 20 January A spectacular gamefish, black marlin are readily accessible for trailer boat anglers trolling lures, skipping baits or deploying livies. Ian Osterloh David Green provides an overview of black marlin and methods to catch this lively gamefish. From the South Coast of NSW, up along the Queensland coast, across the Top End and south down the West Australian coastline, there are reasonable concentrations of blacks throughout the warmer months. Unlike blue marlin, black marlin are found on inshore grounds as well as on the continental shelf. Breeding populations of large adult fish congregate on the reef edges of the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef in spring.