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A common method for fishing marlin is to drift live mackerel baits deep amongst baitfish schools. The rigging that works best is to attach a 6-10 oz torpedo sinker with a small rubber band to a snap-swivel which is attached to 10-15' of #100 leader. On the hook up, the rubber band will break free and not foul on the leader.
Black marlin hunt on the edge of the reef and feed on the abundany schools of both skipjack and yellowfin tuna. Boats catch live tunas each morning on the edge of the reef and transfer live tuna to 'tuna tubes' - a type of live bait tank that keeps the tunas alive until they are deployed and slow trolled along the drop-off.
One of the best methods to locate marlin early in the season is by trolling a set of marlin lures. Most boats troll at 6.5 to 8 knots and stagger trolling lures along the 'clean' lanes or alleys which form behind a boat at trolling speed. Placing your trolling lure in these lanes is critical.
The Great Barrier Reef is a giant marlin paradise. Huge black marlin patrol the miles of reef along this pristine coastline hunting various tunas and reef fish. Australian game boats troll dead skip baits to raise black marlin, many true 'granders' or marlin over 1,000 lbs.