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White Marlin on dead cigar minnow?

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Old 07-21-2018, 03:26 PM
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14 July took off with friends from work on my Sea hunt Triton 240 with only frozen squid and cigar minnows searching for red snapper. We attempted to raise the baitman at the Destin pass but unfortunately he was out. Pushed about 20 miles out as the seas finally calmed down on a Saturday which is about the only day I can fish. We managed to catch the old squirrel fish and and eels but no luck with the snapper. Moved about on some numbers that I had and started to mark fish. Dropped bait with not much luck but I did take my ever trusty Penn Fierce 2 6000 with braid and tied on a dead cigar minnow. Next thing you know the reel is singing. I started t o reel it in and it was pretty heavy and straight down so I figured Amberjack. A few minutes later hes on board but IAW the current regulations he must be released.
Tied another "deady" on and a few minutes later and another strike. I had a co-worker with me who has never been out before so I wanted him to get a workout with a reef donkey, so I handed him the rod. He did well for a freshwater guy with a heavy fish on the line so we all coached him along. At the this point my buddy was not gaining any line but losing more than he is taking in. I thought man this must be a beast. Then something strange happened. The fish began to go to the surface. I thought well isn't this strange for an AJ? The the fish broke the surface and began to dance and flip and lose its mind. I began to lose mine as well as I have never seen a billfish other than on TV. I screamed with pure enjoyment. The fish was pretty far out and I didn't notice just how much line has been taken out. I immediately began to position the boat in order to gain some line back on the spool. We would have been a sad day to get spooled and I was having none of it.
After about 45 minutes my friend was exhausted and was about to give up. We tried to pump him up but he was beat up in the hot Florida sun. I being the good captain volunteered to take over and finish the job.(I know, pretty selfish) a few minutes later we got color and realized the fish had no sail and it was in fact a Marlin. We got this beautiful animal up to the boat, took our videos and pictures and carefully removed the small treble hook and released him to fight another day.
Whenever your out there bottom fishing always have some sort of bait even if its just a "deady" out there on a good spinning rod,

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Old 07-21-2018, 07:10 PM
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Great story - congrats
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:54 PM
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Super cool! That is just what makes fishing in our gulf so special.
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Old 07-22-2018, 04:16 AM
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From those pictures I'm going to call that a small blue marlin!

It's kind of hard to tell though because in the first pic the pectoral fin looks rounded some. No good shot of the anal fin.
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Syrupdawg you may be correct. I have uploaded these shots . Maybe these will help decide exactly what it was. Again I have never seen one up close but after looking at the pectoral fin it may be a small blue??
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Great fish congrats !
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Old 07-22-2018, 05:32 AM
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Looks like a small blue. Hard to say exactly from pictures.
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Old 07-22-2018, 06:01 AM
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Blue Marlin
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Old 07-22-2018, 06:20 AM
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Unreal. Fish story of a lifetime!
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:41 AM
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Juvenile blue is my opinion. Congrats on a great catch.
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Based on the pectoral fin, thatís a rat blue. Congrats.
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Incredible - I want to catch a blue so bad out of my boat! congrats!!!!
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I donít think itís a blue. Look at the anal fin in the last picture. Looks like a white, but could it be a spearfish?
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I donít think itís a blue. Look at the anal fin in the last picture. Looks like a white, but could it be a spearfish?
​​​​​​Looking at the anal fin, I say white marlin. I've seen juvenile blue marlin before, and they are much broader in the shoulders. The overall shape of this fish just screams white! Just my $.02.

Definitely not a spearfish. Spearfish dorsal runs almost all the way to the tail.
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White marlin. Congrats
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That is 100% a white marlin. Blues dont have spots on their dorsal fins. Whites do. This fish clearly has spots on its dorsal fin. The pectoral fin is hard to tell by but the anal fin gives it away also. Nice fish!
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