There’s just nothing like the excitement of hooking a feisty marlin when offshore fishing off the coast of Venice, LA! Fast and powerful, they’re a sought-after game fish largely due to the sheer challenge of the catch. When is the best time to fish for these prized predators? Right now! While official Marlin season is April through November, you’re going to see the most marlin June through October. To celebrate the heart of marlin fishing season, we’ve provided a list of the best lures to use for marlin fishing.
#1: Mold Craft Wide Range
Used by some of the biggest names in sports fishing, the Mold Craft Wide Range has a squared-off nose and center hole and gets its name from the wide range of speeds and conditions through which the lure can be pulled.
#2: Mold Craft Super Chugger
Another favorite amongst expert Marlin anglers is the Mold Craft Super Chugger, known for its concave face which allows the lure to grab a gulp of air and let it out in a thick bubble stream with a short side-to-side wiggle of its head. It also has the ability to rise and fall regularly which attracts the attention of the marlin. Interesting fact: The 1,402-pound, all tackle Atlantic blue marlin caught in 1992 and world record holder was caught using a pink-and-white Super Chugger.
#3: Pakula Lumo Sprocket
Want to know how good this one is? Angler Jody Wentworth jumped overboard to retrieve a lure which had just been used to catch a 500-pound blue marlin and fell into the water. Determined not to lose his Pakula Lumo Sprocket, Wentworth swam 20-feet in shark-infested waters to find his sinking lure! This one is designed as a straight runner with a very tight swimming action and works well in any position, but especially in the long outrigger slot.
#4: Tournament Tackle’s Ilander Lure (aka Hawaiian Eye)
Developed in 1976, this lure is one of a kind and the first of many – the first true high-speed trolling lure, the first to have permanent nylon skirts, and the first to use realistic eyes. The Ilander is probably best known for its versatility where anglers use the lure to fish for all types of marlin species.
#5: Copa Fishing Lures’ Tado
Each and every one of these beautiful, large lures are made by hand and crafted using real shell inserts. Steve Coggin is the founder and creator of the Tados which are more like pieces of art as well as effective and highly regarded lures, “Tado is a big lure, and it runs great on the short corner. I first started making it during the late 70’s and early 80’s at a time when most guys were making smaller lures. I gave one to Chip Van Mols on Jen Ken Po, and he caught a 700-pounder on it. He promptly named the lure Tado, which is short for the Hawaiian name for skipjack over 10 pounds, ‘otado’.”
Looking to catch marlin during prime marlin fishing season? Time is running out, so book your offshore chartered marlin fishing trip today! For more information or to check availability, please call our office at (504) 909-TUNA.