Many deep-sea fishing authorities consider Black Marlin to be the premier big-game fish. It is among the fastest fish on earth. Every sportfishers eyes start to glow when they talk about their adventure of catching a black marlin.
Come fishing a Black Marlin in Tanzania with Fishing with Mike! While our fishing grounds in the Channel between Tanzania mainland and Pemba and Zanzibar don’t list among the Top 10 places worldwide, we still are an excellent place for fishing Black Marlin as you can see further below.
Interesting Facts about the Black Marlin
Marlin have a very distinct appearance with their long, spear-like upper jaw and tall first dorsal fin.
Habitat & Migration of the Black Marlin
The Black Marlin can be caught throughout the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans and is found in surface waters with temperatures from 15 to 30°C. Black marlins migrate huge distances and relatively small tagged fish have been recaptured after travelling over 8000 km. Occasionally they will enter temperate waters, and small numbers sometimes stray into the Atlantic Ocean past the Cape of Good Hope. Despite their oceanic environment, large back marlin sometimes come very close to land. Particularly near offshore islands and coral reefs. Juveniles commonly range closer inshore and can even be caught by anglers from shore when conditions are right.
Diet of Black Marlin
The Black Marlin feed mostly on small tunas, but also other fishes, squids, cuttlefishes, octopods, and even large crustaceans. For Marlins “smaller fish” is relative, you should consider that large marlin over 500kg have been found with tuna over 50kg in their stomachs.
Fight and Speed of Tuna
The BBC has claimed that the black marlin is the fastest fish on the planet, based on a marlin caught on a fishing line. It was said to have stripped line off a reel at 120 feet per second, meaning the fish was swimming nearly 82 mph.
Fighting a Black Marlin is one of the greatest experiences of any Angler. When these enormous fish jump out of the water close to the boat, the adrenaline kicks in. We typically catch Black Marlin a bit further out in the Pemba Channel. Thats why we recommend you book a full day trip with Sea Wolf.