Thanks to all you marlin experts, I was hoping to have a great story to pass down to my grandkids about how I hooked black marlin in local waters...my future grandkids hate you
There was someone in our Dana Angling Club who insisted that a blue he caught during the El Nino was a black. All based on "rigid pectoral fins". The rest of the morphology said blue. This was posted all over JD's fish reports. They sent in samples for DNA testing. I sent the photos to Julian Pepperell Phd, a renowned marine biologist from Australia and the foremost biologist on Indo Pacific billfish. He went through the morphological indicators like a pro and said 98% confidence that it was a blue. The rigid pects were not of a black marlin and the rigidity was due to rigor mortis, which is common. Still, the Club members insisted it was a black. Funny thing, they never publicly reported the results from the DNA test. When asked over a year later, the Club President told me the results came back Blue. Even funnier, good friend is a biologist for the IATTC at the Southwest Fisheries Center in LJ and his friend did the DNA work. I never followed up on that, but it was recently volunteered to me by him that it was a Blue.
During that El Nino, there were some prominent anglers posting that stripes were blues, blues were black. Many were wrong. Very surprising how little these so called top drawer anglers knew about fish ID.
Yes Black Marlin !!!. I was out to weeks ago and had this guy hanging with us for over 30 minutes all lit up.
Not the best video or picture but I sent it to my buddy that is fishing the Bisbee now. He has also won it before!. He knows Marlins. He said yes a black marlin. In the wrong neighborhood !
Tell your kids you hooked a black marlin. One of only an elite group in these waters.
We were at the time in the 425 area.
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Hey Chris, I have a question....... was this pic taken right after the fish was hooked? Was it a bait fish?
When I just made the picture larger, there is something showing right to the left of the tip of the marlins bill and in the background of your fish....... it almost looks very much like a tailer??
The unknown fisherman