Monthly Archives: November 2014

Striped Marlin Feeding Habits

Striped Marlin Feeding Habits around Cabo San Lucas Mexico

You have probably already read this research on Striped Marlin Feeding habits, published over 20 years ago. But in case you have not, here is a summary and a link to the original report in its entirety. This report is based on stomach content analysis – not opinion.

Key Points:

  • Striped Marlin feed several times a day.
  • Striped Marlin prefer water temperatures of 68-77 degrees F. (20-25C)
  • Striped Marlin spend most of their time in surface water – the top 33 feet or 10 meters.

Diet Based on Stomach Content Analysis:

  • 29% of a Striped Marlin’s diet is Pacific Mackerel
  • 16% of a Striped Marlin’s diet is California Pilchard (Sardines)
  • 10% of a Striped Marlin’s diet is Jumbo Squid
  • 8.5% of a Striped Marlin’s diet is Herring

To read the full report, visit this link: daily.ration.striped.marlin.2011

Hook Rigs for Marlin Lures

One question that we are asked often, second only to questions about color is, “What hook rig do you recommend?”

The opinions on this subject are not only strongly held, but are as widely varied as color.  The owners of BFD even have differing opinions.  So what you get here is only one opinion of the best hook rigs for marlin lures.

Dan Magers provides you with his own experience and a brief tutorial on rigging marlin baits below:

I have tried all of the different rigs that I am aware of with many charter captains using different set-ups.  I have read the blogs and hook-up percentage claims and the opinions.  My experience has been that on 7”, 9” and 12” lures, the single hook swivel rig far and away provides me with the highest hook-up percentage.

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All Resins Are Not Created Equal

Premium Resins for Premium Trolling Lures

Pelagic lures are not cheap, particularly the unique and handmade varieties, and those that use premium materials.  The heads of some big name trolling lures are injection molded in mass quantities, while others (like ours) are handmade one at a time.  On the surface (pun intended) clear shiny “plastic” is clear shiny plastic.  But there are differences.

We made this bullet to test traditional hard resins and Cinnabar. 5 Wahoo later … at least the Cinnabar passed the test. BFD’s are not made from this resin.

There are hard resins that polish quickly, but unfortunately they chip and crack easily.  Hard resins are not very UV stable, which allows insert colors to fade.  You may have noticed with trolling lures like these that the resin will develop a yellow tint over time.

There are soft resins that come right out of molding machines nice and shiny, and don’t need polishing.  This is handy for the lure maker that churns out mass marlin lures for a lower price, and can’t afford the cost of polishing.  These lures come out of the box looking new, but they show use quickly.  Their short life span makes UV a non-issue.  When they start to look all beat up, you can just toss them away and buy another one.

Finally, there are premium resins, which are more difficult to use in the manufacturing process.  These resins don’t chip like hard resins, and are more durable than soft resins.  They are UV stable, resist yellowing and stay beautiful longer.  These high quality resins, and the extra work it takes to use  them, are a part of what makes every BFD a premium trolling lure.

We chose to use these premium materials in BFD Lures because they work better for YOU and give you more value and longer life for the money you spend.

Have confidence in our choice of premium raw materials and quality control.  BFD design, materials, expert color and skirt combinations give you an edge.

BFD Big Game Lures – Durability, Hard Core Quality.

Take Marlin Off the Menu

Take Marlin Off the Menu is a joint campaign of Wild Oceans and the IGFA. For more information, go to

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