Puerto Rico Blue Marlin Fishing Charters

Puerto Rico Blue Marlin Fishing Charters

Top Puerto Rico Blue Marlin Fishing Destinations

Best Blue Marlin Fishing Charters in Puerto Rico

Blue Marlin Fishing in Puerto Rico

Blue Marlin
  • Size 200 to 400lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

(Makaira nigricans)

The scream and smoke of overworked drag, the shouts of the crew as they coordinate the attack, the terrifying thrill as hundreds of pounds of pure muscle explode out of the water–nothing gets the blood pumping like Marlin fishing, and the Blue Marlin Puerto Rico captains spend their lives battling are some of the toughest in the Caribbean.
 
All around the island, take on the king of Billfish just a few miles from shore. You can get double or even triple-headers when the bite’s hot. The country has only had a few granders so far, but fish in the 500-800 lb range show up each season. Trust us, they’re enough to put even the most skilled sportfishing teams to the test!

When to Visit

The best time to target Blue Marlin in Puerto Rico varied with where on the island you start. San Juan’s main Marlin season runs February-June, when monster Billfish come within a couple of miles of shore. Towards the end of the season, they’re joined by White Marlin. As if there wasn’t enough action already!
 
The south coast has a much shorter season, running March-May. There are fewer charters on this side of Puerto Rico, probably for that exact reason. The west of the island gets not one but two Marlin migrations each year. A second wave shows up in August and stays around through October. They run along the canyons and ridges of the Mona Passage, and can be even better than the spring Marlin bite!
 
A date worth saving is the International Billfishing Tournament. This is one of the world’s oldest Marlin tournaments, celebrating its 65th year in October 2018. Book well in advance if you’re visiting then. Up for a challenge? For under $2,000, you could spend two days fishing one of the world’s best competitions, with beach barbecues, cocktail parties, and award ceremony banquets thrown in for free. Sounds pretty good value when you think about it!

Fishing Techniques

Trolling rules the waves around Puerto Rico. Most charter boats prefer to fast-troll lures, either hitting the buoy FADs around San Juan Harbor or following birds and surface action on the hunt for feeding fish. Pitch baits are also very popular here, trolling unhooked teasers then throwing out a whole, circle-hooked Ballyhoo or Spanish Mackerel just as the fish comes in for the kill. 
 
The Marlin fishing Puerto Rico enjoys each year is enough to make anyone fall in love with the place. The fish are only part of the reason we love it, though. San Juan is an amazing city, the island itself is stunning, and you don’t need a passport to get there from the States. Throw in awesome beaches and great rum and you’ve got the perfect Caribbean getaway!

Puerto Rico Blue Marlin Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Blue Marlin fishing in Puerto Rico varies moderately throughout the year. High season is June to September. Low season is January to April and November to December. There is no closed season.
Puerto Rico
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 27,721 reviews by FishingBooker anglers
Puerto Rico: 25 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(98 reviews)
Fajardo
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trips from $550
Excellent
4.4 / 5
(276 reviews)
San Juan
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trips from $700
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Humacao
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trips from $650
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(43 reviews)
Cabo Rojo
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What anglers said about Blue Marlin Fishing in Puerto Rico

Book a morning trip if possible, afternoons can be brutal with the humidity. Otherwise, definitely recommended
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a morning trip if possible, afternoons can be brutal with the humidity. Otherwise, definitely recommended
Gilberto  G.
Gilberto G. Fort Worth, TX
Weather is always a question you just have to be prepared. If I had to take anything from my trip everything was amazing just bring an extra set of clothes cuz you're going to get wet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather is always a question you just have to be prepared. If I had to take anything from my trip everything was amazing just bring an extra set of clothes cuz you're going to get wet
Ronald  H.
Ronald H.
First timers, book with Capt Luis, he will show you the ropes with patience and experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
First timers, book with Capt Luis, he will show you the ropes with patience and experience
Xavier  R.
Xavier R. Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has some very deep waters and fishing here is truly and adventure you shouldn’t miss.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Puerto Rico has some very deep waters and fishing here is truly and adventure you shouldn’t miss.
Andrew  B.
Andrew B. Syosset, NY
If you want monster fish and an expert captain you need to call Luis Garcia.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want monster fish and an expert captain you need to call Luis Garcia.
Daniel  P.
Daniel P. Mint Hill, NC
Don't complicate it with high expectations, just enjoy the experience! J.V.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't complicate it with high expectations, just enjoy the experience! J.V.
Joe  V.
Joe V. Bonham, TX
If you’ve never been on a fishing boat on the open ocean, be sure to pack some Dramamine just in case!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you’ve never been on a fishing boat on the open ocean, be sure to pack some Dramamine just in case!
Salvatore  G.
Salvatore G. Jonesboro, Georgia
Book with SuFishNSea and Capt Luis. I wont use any other charter. If he is unavailable for my desired dates, I'll change my dates........
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with SuFishNSea and Capt Luis. I wont use any other charter. If he is unavailable for my desired dates, I'll change my dates........
David  T.
David T. Tulsa, OK
The waters were pretty choppy because of the weather, so we just did some trolling and made sure the kids had fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The waters were pretty choppy because of the weather, so we just did some trolling and made sure the kids had fun!
Megan  T.
Megan T. Rio Grande
June is more focused on heavy tackle which means fewer bites, but bigger fights. I would probably leave the kids at home on big fish days and bring them out for light tackle days.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
June is more focused on heavy tackle which means fewer bites, but bigger fights. I would probably leave the kids at home on big fish days and bring them out for light tackle days.
Kevin  S.
Kevin S.
It's all about the Captain. Find a good one, trust he or she, and don't look at your watch. Just fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's all about the Captain. Find a good one, trust he or she, and don't look at your watch. Just fish!
Jason  M.
Jason M. Atwood, TN
Go early morning it heats up as the day goes on, be prepared to catch a monster.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Go early morning it heats up as the day goes on, be prepared to catch a monster.
Adam  W.
Adam W. Phoenixville, PA
besides the wind- and change in la nina from el Nino and constant wind during this month, fish were still active
Excellent
5.0 / 5
besides the wind- and change in la nina from el Nino and constant wind during this month, fish were still active
Nicholas  L.
Nicholas L. Toa Baja
There are gonna be good & bad days; that’s why they call it fishing not catching
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There are gonna be good & bad days; that’s why they call it fishing not catching
Kenna  W.
Kenna W. Albany, GA
You have to work for these fish and you may only boat a few out of several hookups so tamper your expectations.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You have to work for these fish and you may only boat a few out of several hookups so tamper your expectations.
Scott  R.
Scott R. Belmont, NH
Bring sunscreen, fishing/sun shirts, hats and good polarized glasses. If you are not a seasoned or experienced offshore fisher don’t be afraid to take some Dramamine the night before your trip. The seas will get bumpy even on the calmest day. Oh, and be ready to reel hard, fast and often!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen, fishing/sun shirts, hats and good polarized glasses. If you are not a seasoned or experienced offshore fisher don’t be afraid to take some Dramamine the night before your trip. The seas will get bumpy even on the calmest day. Oh, and be ready to reel hard, fast and often!
Patrick  B.
Patrick B. Fort Myers, FL
Listen to the advice of your captain. He is there to help, it makes a good trip for him when you have a great trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the advice of your captain. He is there to help, it makes a good trip for him when you have a great trip.
Doug  S.
Doug S. Guthrie, OK
Prepare to have a great time. You never know what you’ll end up catching.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Prepare to have a great time. You never know what you’ll end up catching.
Merrill  K.  P.
Merrill K. P. Powhatan, Virginia
Absolutely recommend. Beautiful time and plenty of opportunity to catch fish. Literally jumping out of the water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely recommend. Beautiful time and plenty of opportunity to catch fish. Literally jumping out of the water!
Frances  A.
Frances A.
Bring sunscreen and a positive attitude. You're going to have a blast fishing with CPT Jose and the view is amazing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen and a positive attitude. You're going to have a blast fishing with CPT Jose and the view is amazing.
Erik  H.
Erik H. Columbia, SC

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