Striped Marlin


The Striped Marlin, scientifically known as Kajikia audax, is a much sought-after game fish that belongs ⁣to the Istiophoridae family.

Conservation Status

The Striped Marlin is currently listed as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of⁤ Nature (IUCN). ⁢Conservation efforts ‍are being made with catch limits and size restrictions ⁤imposed⁢ in certain areas.


Length (Average) 2.5 – 4.2 meters
Length⁢ (Range) 1.2 – ⁣4.5 meters
Weight (Average) 80 – ​90 kilograms
Weight (Range) 20 – 200 kilograms
Average Lifespan 15 – 25 years


The Striped Marlin is⁢ primarily found in the tropical‍ and warm temperate ⁤waters of the Pacific⁤ and Indian Oceans. This species is highly migratory‌ and their migration patterns are largely influenced by ocean temperatures.


The‍ Striped Marlin is a saltwater ‍fish that thrives ⁢in a temperature range of 20 – 30°C. While most commonly found close to the surface, they can dive to depths over 500 meters.

When and Where⁣ to See

Striped Marlin is‍ more active during⁣ warm seasons and can be spotted throughout the day. ‌Their visibility increases ‌during⁢ feeding hours at dawn and dusk.

Best Fishing Locations

  1. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  2. Kona, Hawaii
  3. Baja Peninsula, Mexico
  4. Gold Coast, Australia
  5. Ecuador
  6. Cairns, ⁣Australia
  7. Fiji
  8. Costa Rica
  9. Guatemala
  10. Kenya

General⁣ Tips

Striped Marlin often show themselves by jumping out of the water, a behavior known as breaching. Spotting this⁣ sign can guide anglers to‌ their location. They also tend to follow currents and congregate around certain seamounts and underwater structures.

How to Catch

Striped Marlin are often caught by ‌trolling with artificial lures. The use ​of natural bait such as squid, sardines, or mackerel can also be effective. The best time to catch them is during their feeding hours, usually around dawn or dusk.

Identification Guide

Striped Marlin are recognized by their high, pointed dorsal fin and distinctive ‘stripes’. They‍ sport silver-blue color⁣ on top, white​ below, with light ⁣blue or lavender vertical stripes running down their sides.


Though most ‌commonly caught for sport, Striped Marlin also provides a flavorful, moderately firm meat that can be prepared in⁤ a variety of ways, including grilling, baking, or smoking. It has a pronounced but not overpowering taste, and ⁢a relatively⁣ high fat content.

Additional Information

Striped Marlin‌ are highly ‍energetic predators that feed on a wide variety of fish and squid. They’re known for their spectacular acrobatic displays when ​hooked, making them a favorite among sports anglers. ‌They have ‍few natural predators, the⁤ most significant ⁢being larger marlin species, sharks, and humans.

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