Marlin – The Tropical Sporting Fish
Marlin is one of the largest fishes
found in Costa Rica. If you somehow catch one of these super trendy game fishes, you will have a fabulous story to tell. In Costa Rica, blue, black and striped marlin are the most common types. They are very strong species and put up a great fight which can go on for hours! It is common to release marlins after they have been hooked. Occasionally, they are served in expensive restaurant as a luxury cuisine.
Marlins have an oblong body with a spear shaped snout and rigid dorsal fins. They are fast swimmers with an awesome speed of 11 kilometer per hour! The size and weigh of marlin vary. Their length can range up to 4 meters and their weight can go up to 120 kilograms! Blue Marlins have a bright blue body with silver sides and a white underbelly, Black marlins have a black body with rigid pectoral fins.
Dietary Habits of Marlins
Marlins are carnivorous species. They prey on squids, tuna, mahi mahi and other pelagic species. They use their spear shaped bill to stun the prey and whip them back and forth rapidly. The blow renders the victim stunned and often killed after which marlins eat their meals in comfort.
Marlins – When and Where to Find in Costa Rica
Marlins are flourishing in the tropical waters of Costa Rica. They are found along the Pacific coast in deep offshore waters. They prefer the warm temperature of about 70 to 85 degrees. Although, marlins can be caught throughout the year, the best months are from November to January. In Costa Rica, they are found in Central Pacific region such as in Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Flamingo Bay in the northwestern part, Tamarindo, Drake Bay, Golfito, Guanamar and many other areas.