How To Rig Marlin Casting & Trolling Rods

Captain Jimmy Decker shares the rod and reel setups he uses when targeting striped marlin in Southern California and explains how to rig them for IGFA legal fishing.

While the tackle may seem very light compared to what you’d imagine you’d need for marlin fishing, there’s really no reason to fish anything heavier.

Striped marlin do most of their fighting on the surface so you can get by with much lighter tackle than you’d need when fishing tuna.

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Erik Landesfeind is BD's Southern California Editor and has over 30 years of experience saltwater fishing for a range of species in both California and Mexican waters. Erik is also an active freelance writer and the author of the weekly column So Cal Scene, which BD publishes every Friday. In So Cal...