Puerto Rico Marlin (Blue) Fishing Charters

Puerto Rico Marlin (Blue) Fishing Charters

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Best Marlin (Blue) Fishing Charters in Puerto Rico

Marlin (Blue) Fishing in Puerto Rico

Marlin (Blue)
  • 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 Marlin (Blue) Fishing Seasons

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Marlin (Blue) 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.
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Top Marlin (Blue) Fishing Charters in Puerto Rico

Reviews of Fishing in Marlin (Blue) Fishing in Puerto Rico

3/4 day trip with Captain Carlos
Peter F. fished with The Drop Fishing Charters on February 16, 2020
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If you are looking for a Captain who's passion is putting his customers on fish than Captain Carlos is your man. My experience with Carlos was the high point of my trip to this beautiful paradise. I look forward to returning next year to put in some more time in fishing these productive waters. Fish on Captain, Fish on. Peace
Half day trip with Captain Angel
Dave B. fished with AC Fish Finders – Freshwater on February 16, 2020
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This was a beautiful location with plenty of fish.
Half day trip with Capt. Pacoc
Al R. fished with Tarpon Tours on February 13, 2020
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I personally didn’t fish the n Loíza, but did fish in El Naranjito resovoir.
A trip to remember!
David W. fished with Bayside Fishing Charters 2 on July 24, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I would recommend this charter team and ask lots of questions.
Great half day
Renato A. fished with Go Tarpon Puerto Rico - 22’ on July 16, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
You can't miss if you are with the right captain
Half day trip with blue water crew
Troy K. fished with Blue Water Fishing Puerto Rico on July 15, 2019
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Be ready for choppy water but the fish will bite
Late day with Captain Carlo
Andrew H. fished with Blue Rush PR Fishing Charters on July 14, 2019
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Beginners stay in shore. Off shore is for experienced anglers with patience to hope for a hit on a big sports fish.
5 hour trip with Captain Luis
Daniel S. fished with Bayside Fishing Charters 2 on July 10, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Definitely use this company. Make sure to stay hydrated. Enjoy yourself. It is hard not to when you fish with Captain Luis.

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