Cabo Marlin Fishing Tackle
If you are bringing some fishing gear, here are some of the basic rule of thumb for the Cabo Region. Make sure your rods & reels are in the best working order. The fish in Baja are hard running serious fish, and will push the limit of your tackle. Have fresh main line on your reels. have fresh leader line on your lures. Be careful here to not confuse 100# mono leader with 100# mono line. Many (most?) manufacturers use a harder, more abrasion resistant mono for their leader material. Most manufacturers also usually under rate their mono leader by 25% or more (300# actually breaks at 400#). A 100# leader of hard, under rated leader material like Momoi is fine for striped marlin, but a piece of a nice soft 100# line like Berkeley Big Game may get sawed off pretty quickly.
Blue Marlin: 80lb line with 500 yards, with drag set properly, it will
generally slow one down and catch the marlin. Or you can have a reel with
50lb line, but with 700 yards of line. Most Blue Marlin caught in the Cabo
region are males, in the 250-350lb class. Once you get above that weight,
its generally a female. Rods are 5 1/2 ft to 6ft, usually E-Glass, with
a minimum of a tip and stripper roller guides. The rod butt must have a
trolling gimbal, otherwise it will not set in the boat trolling slots properly,
(the reel will turn over).
Dorado: Leader length is usually 6-8 feet, with 50-80 lb line. Live bait is the same with 60 lb line.
Wahoo: Leader Length of 2'-3' of 60#-100# single strand wire for live bait
and trolled lures, 40#-60# cable for iron (Hopkins, Tady, Salas, UFO, etc),
and 250# cable for Marauders, Bonitas, etc., for wahoo.
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