Class : Osteichthyes
Order : Perciformes
Family : Istiophoridea
Species : Tetraturus audax
Other common names: Striper, Stripey
Maximum weight: 250kg (550lb)
Current all time I.G.F.A. record: 224.10kg (494lb) – Tutukaka, New Zealand – 16 January 1986
Pectoral Fins: Fins fold flat along body.
Dorsal fin: Retractable
Identifying features: This species has single and prominent lateral line. The first three rays on the dorsal fin are almost the same length as the height of the body. The dorsal is also higher than the Black or Blue Marlin. The upper body is dark with cobalt blue and lavender spots when excited or under stress. The lower body is silver white. The anal fin is large and also pointed, unlike the White Marlin which has a rounded anal fin. Body has 10-16 highly visible stripes which can vary between cobalt blue, purple and lavender.
Expected temperature range: 64° F to 86° F (18° C to 30° C)
Migration and breeding:
Typical location: Open ocean along the continental shelf and current lines, ocean mountains and canyons. Around schools of bait such as ballyhoo, pilchards and squid. Will come close to shore if warm currents and bait are present.
Fighting characteristics: Strong fighter on light tackle. Commonly dances across the surface when hooked and jumps can be spectacular. When first hooked some fish will jump several times then dive deep and never return to the surface. Fantastic fish to catch on fly tackle due to it’s speed and enthusiasm to “chomp” on a well presented fly.