2012 Southern California Marlin Catches Improve

The 2012 Southern California marlin season is looking even more promising thanks to two recent reports.

On July 29, the historic Tuna Club, located on Catalina Island since 1898, reported its first striped marlin of 2012.

Angler John Curci was awarded the first marlin of the season flag for a 122-pound striped marlin he caught fishing on the Gordo with Mark Tutwiler. John caught the fish on 9-thread line per Tuna Club rules, and the striped marlin is a qualifying button fish.

The Tuna Club posted a video showing the fish, which is available at

The Tuna Club wasn’t the only Southern California angling club to catch a striped marlin.

Over the weekend, Marty and Mitchell Firestein were fishing on A Reel Dream off the 267 when Mitchell hooked and released the Laguna Niguel Club’s first striped marlin of the season. The Firestein boys also claimed the first released fish flag for the Balboa Angling Club.

The marlin are definitely showing with more regularity and the season is off to a great start.

2012 Southern California Marlin Catches Improve