The back is a dark blue, fading to a shade of brown and then to silvery-white in color along the sides, before going completely white underneath. Body is marked with faint vertical bars. Unlike the blue marlin, the tip of the dorsal fin for a white marlin comes to a rounded point rather than a sharp one.
This highly migratory species swim offshore throughout the Gulf, but come closer to the mouth of the Mississippi River in midsummer.
134.0 pounds, 1976.
White marlins are a light-tackle game fish. Troll whole or strip baits, or artificial lures like small spoons and feathers. For live bait, use squid or mackerel.