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Pacific Blue Marlin

Class : Osteichthyes
Order : Perciformes
Family : Istiophoridea
Species : Makaira mazara

Other common names: Pacific Blue Marlin, Blue Marlin

Maximum weight: 1200kg (2600lb)

Mandible: Curve down but not hooked.

Pectoral Fins: Fins fold flat along body.

Identifying features: Back is a dark blue with light blue stripes. These stripes consist of small dots and bars. Belly is a silver white. Lateral line generally does not show in adults.

Expected temperature range: 70° F to 86° F (21° C to 30° C)

Migration and breeding:

Typical location: Open ocean along continental shelf drop off, ocean mountains and canyons, current and weed lines. Gatherings of bait schools such as tuna, mahi mahi and squid are likely Pacific Blue Marlin haunts.

Fighting characteristics: Very strong and exceptionally fast fish which can test not only the angler and tackle but the entire crew. The capture of a large Blue is definitely a team effort. Usually fights deeper than a Black or Striped Marlin. Large Blues will often spool large reels in a very short amount of time. Will continually reverse direction which makes capturing Blues more difficult for the boat driver then other billfish.

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