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Indo-Pacific Blue Marlin

Namibia

Introduction: Indo-Pacific blue marlin (Makaira mazara) are one of the ocean's superb angling fish which also make for excellent dining. Baits of mackerel, tuna, mullet and garfish should be rigged professionally. Although they do not form shoals, extensive migrations take place. The elongated and streamlined body is covered with a tough skin, embedded with long, thin, hornlike scales. The forehead is fairly steep, sporting a sharp and stout bill, which resembles a marlin spike. Makaira means 'marlin' and mazara 'obscure.

Distribution: Throughout Namibian waters including Terrace Bay, Torra Bay, Henties Bay, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.

Diet: Tuna, squid, bonito and dolphinfish

Colouration: Cobalt blue body with a white belly and faint vertical bars on the flanks.

Breeding: Maturity is reached from 35 to 44kg in males and 47 to 61kg in females. Larvae is often found during the summer months in ocean currents.

Max size: 400cm. Max weight: 259kg.

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