Plan a billfish safari - every species, one year

biggie_smalls

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Title says it all - if you were given a year to catch every species of billfish - where would you be going? Let's not do it scientifically, instead let's target:
  • Blue marlin (atlantic or pacific)
  • Black marlin
  • Striped marlin
  • White marlin
  • Sailfish (atlantic or pacific)
  • Swordfish
  • Spearfish (one of any of the four species)
Where would your safari take place? You can go for numbers, size, or a mix of both.

Tight lines,
Drew
 

Pescador Paul

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Okay, this is just off the top of my head with no research.

Blue marlin: Rio de Janeiro
Striped marlin: Cabo San Lucas
Black marlin: Great Barrier Reef
Swordfish: Miami
White marlin: Ocean City, Maryland
Sailfish: Loreto
 
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biggie_smalls

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I'm thinking (based on splitting up blue marlin and sailfish into atlantic and pacific):

-Florida Keys in January/February for atlantic sailfish
-South Florida anytime for swordfish
-Ocean City Maryland in August for white marlin
-Cabo San Lucas in December for striped marlin
-Kona Hawaii in July/August for pacific blue marlin
-Kona Hawaii again in March for spearfish
-St Thomas in July/August for atlantic blue marlin
-Guatemala in January/February for pacific sailfish
-Cairns in October/November for black marlin
 

Whalebreath

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Pacific & Atlantic Sails are the exact same species-they're smaller in the Gulf & the Caribbean but as you head east & south toward the other side of the Atlantic sizes increase significantly.

Jeff Rogers who posts here from Kona catches lots of Spearfish in season which I think is just ending.
 

Aliboy

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In the Southern hemisphere you can get large striped marlin, blue marlin, short bill spearfish, and broad bill in New Zealand. Best month to try for all 4 in a single trip would be Feb. Black marlin are also around but much rarer. Cairns for your Black marlin but later in the year for big fish. Smaller blacks are available further south on the Aussie coast in other months. Sailfish can be had along with blue marlin around numerous Pacific islands. Lots of options. No white marlin that I know of in the southern hemisphere though.
 
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