The black marlin is dark blue above, silvery below and usually lacks any markings. It is known to grow as long as 15 feet and weigh as much as 1500 pounds. This billfish known as makaira indica, is a species with an elongated body and a shorter bill, that in cross section, is rounded.
As a large fish, this marlin is a very fast swimmer. Its food consists largely of other large fast swimming fish such as tuna, mackerel, rainbow runners, and jack's. Less important foods include other fish like squid, and large crustaceans. Analysis of the stomach contents indicate that this type of marlin slashes its prey with its bill before swallowing.
It is most commonly seen in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Today, the productive reef areas and islands along the Pacific coast of Panama are probably the best fishing for this bill fish, especially in the western hemisphere. The best known areas are the Hannibal Banks, Montuosa Island, Ladronnes Island and around Coiba Island - these are the most productive areas where trolling lures are employed successfully. Slow trolling with bridle-rigged live bonito's and tuna's is the predominant technique used to target this marlin.
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