Striped Marlin Fishing Mexico
The body of the striped marlin is elongate and compressed.
The upper jaw is much extended, forming a rounded spear. The color is dark
blue above becoming silver below, with light blue bars or vertical spots
on the sides.
Of the billfish that occur in Mexico waters, the striped
marlin is difficult to confuse with the others. Marlin have scales, fins
on the belly, and a rounded spear which set them apart from swordfish which
have no scales or ventral fins and have bills that are flat. Sailfish have
an extremely high dorsal fin not found among the marlins, and shortnose
spearfish do not have the long spear on the upper jaw nor the body weight
of the marlin. The striped marlin normally develops conspicuous stripes
along the sides of its body after death. This feature is unique to striped