Thailand Black Marlin Fishing Charters

Thailand Black Marlin Fishing Charters

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Black Marlin Fishing in Thailand

Black Marlin
  • Size 125 to 500lbs
  • Food Value Low
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

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As you prepare for a vacation in the idyllic country of Thailand, make sure to bring a sizeable dose of enthusiasm for fishing along with you. If you want to catch a Marlin, you’ll need to travel into the deep seas far from shore. But it’s more than worth it.
Marlin fishing in Thailand is no easy task. But find yourself the right charter crew who’ll take you to the area’s hotspots, and you’ll find that this experience is something you won’t forget. You can catch both Blue and Black Marlin in these waters, but you’ve got to work hard to seek them out.

Where to fish for Marlin

You can fish for Marlin in both of Thailand’s seas: the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. The island of Koh Tao is possibly your best option in the Gulf, as it’s positioned close to a series of offshore pinnacles that attract Black Marlin as well as various other game fish. Take at least an 8 hour trip to give you time to travel to the best locations and hunt for your prey.
Thailand’s western coast also has its share of Billfish action. Fish from Phuket, and you’ll be in reach of the Similan Islands, a archipelago that’s located close to the famous Thon Mai seamounts. Many charter operators recommend taking a multiday trip to explore the full range of fishing available in these waters and to be in with the best chance of catching a Black Marlin. 
If you’re ready for a real adventure, get ready to journey even further from the shore. The seas around India’s Andaman Islands have some of the best deep sea fishing in the whole of Asia, and some charter operators offer longer trips that will take you exploring these waters 400 miles from Phuket. Those who make the trip say the travel time is a fair price to pay for unrivalled big game fishing for trophy sized Billfish!

How to fish

The go-to technique for Marlin fishing in Thailand is trolling. Every charter captain has their favorite spread, with both live and artificial baits being common choices. Most crews will bring a variety of lures with them to give you the best chance of attracting the attention of this sharp-eyed pelagic hunter.
Once a Marlin’s hooked, it’s just as challenging to bring it in to the boat as it is to find it in the first place. These huge, fast fish are some of the ocean’s apex predators. They don’t give in without a fight! Get ready to see them leap out of the water as they try to throw the hook and escape.

When to go

The best time for Thai Marlin fishing is from October to March. You’ll be pleased to know that this coincides with peak tourist season – what better way to escape the crowds and have the adventure of a lifetime?

Thailand Black Marlin Fishing Seasons

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Black Marlin fishing in Thailand varies moderately throughout the year. High season is January to March, July to August and November to December. Low season is May. There is no closed season.

What anglers said about Black Marlin Fishing in Thailand

Rough sea in the morning, calm and flat in the afternoon. Shallow water avg 40m
5.0 / 5
Rough sea in the morning, calm and flat in the afternoon. Shallow water avg 40m
Robert  B.
Robert B. San Diego, CA
Be ready to feel the burn on your arms the next day from fighting these awesome fish
5.0 / 5
Be ready to feel the burn on your arms the next day from fighting these awesome fish
Gary  H.
Gary H. Bangkok, 10

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