Marlin November/December 2020

For more than 35 years, Marlin has empowered big-game offshore fishing enthusiasts through an engaging mix of adventure, nostalgia and camaraderie. The thrill of the sport comes alive with engaging content on dynamic personalities, the finest sport-fishing vessels, latest equipment, techniques and hottest billfishing destinations.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
8 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the billfish shutdown

• The National Marine Fisheries Service has determined that the recreational landings limit for Atlantic blue marlin, white marlin, and roundscale spearfish has been reached and exceeded for 2020, based upon a review of landings data. Therefore, NMFS is prohibiting retention of Atlantic blue marlin, white marlin, and roundscale spearfish in the Atlantic HMS recreational fisheries. Fishing for these species will be limited to catch-and-release only for the remainder of 2020. That decree rippled through the bill-fishing community in mid-September like shock waves from an exploding warhead. Many were not even aware that we have a limit of 250 billfish—blue marlin, white marlin and roundscale spearfish—allotted to the recreational sector each year. One reason is that we have never exceeded that number in the past. Ever. Rick Weber, tournament director of the…

1 min
hot shots

TWISTED SAIL Thanks to a remarkably consistent fishery for both marlin and sailfish, Costa Rica is a great destination to learn the finer points of light-tackle dead-bait fishing. Photographer Hannes Ribbner captured this sailfish in midflight during its battle with angler Audrey Koocher on the first day of the inaugural Ladies-Only Marlin University event held at Los Sueños in March 2020. LOCATION Ribbner was aboard the 43-foot Maverick Geaux Fly with Capt. David Mesen. TECH SPECS CAMERA: Canon 1DX Mk II LENS: Canon 100-400mm Mk II ISO: 640 APERTURE: f/5 SPEED: 1/5,000 sec…

6 min
dominick lacombe sr.

• For nearly 30 years, the unofficial sign of your arrival in South Florida has been the huge American flag proudly flying over American Custom Yachts, a sprawling 70-plus-acre full-service facility built on the St. Lucie River, splitting I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike in Stuart. A Vineland, New Jersey, native turned Florida transplant, Dominick LaCombe Sr. is ACY’s president. LaCombe spent his summers with his maternal grandfather fishing out of Cape May and hunting in the winters. He began visiting Florida in 1972 while running a 45-foot Hatteras that was based out of Stuart, and finally made a permanent move south at the age of 28. LaCombe’s strong work ethic and creativity—born from a lifetime of working with his hands—has propelled ACY to the upper echelon of the world’s finest custom-boat…

2 min
holiday gift guide

TAG HEUER LADIES WATCH Inspired by shades of the ocean, the famed Swiss watchmaker has introduced green-dialed Aquaracer models in men’s and ladies’ styles. Features of both models include water resistance to 300 meters, unidirectional rotating bezel, screw-down crown, luminescent hands and markers, double security clasp, and sapphire crystal. PASSING FRONT ORIGINAL ARTWORK By filming the fish in their natural underwater environment, marine artist KC Scott develops a unique relationship with each species. That understanding is communicated through his artwork, which combines that natural environment—in this case, a South Florida cold front—with a leaping sailfish. Passing Front is a 24-by-48-inch original oil painting on canvas, and it is available. MEN’S HOOK BRACELET This large, 14-karat yellow gold bracelet is a very handsome, heavy piece of jewelry. Each link measures 1 inch long; the…

4 min
desperado repeats as pirate’s cove champions

• Repeating as the winner of a prestigious billfish tournament is rare, with only a handful of experienced teams achieving that accomplishment over the course of their careers. The Desperado team, led by Capt. Rob Barker, did just that during the 37th Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament in Manteo, North Carolina, this season, releasing 16 white marlin to earn top boat honors. The team’s anglers were Mickey Carter, Brad Ward, Craig Sudbrink, Billy Carter, Andy Gay and Ron Wade, while mates Jeff James and JT Roehrs worked the deck of the 56-foot Taylor Harrison, an Oregon Inlet-based charter boat. This marks the second time in eight years that a boat has won the PCBT two years in a row; Capt. Jesse Granitzki’s Bi-Op-Sea was the last boat to accomplish that feat…

1 min
tournament quick bites

WHITE MARLIN OPEN Ocean City, Maryland August 3-7 Brandon Golueke landed the largest white marlin in this year’s event, a 97-pounder worth $1.85 million, on Canyon Blues. Taylor Fields had the second-place fish at 77 pounds, good for $1.76 million for Drillin’ and Billin’, while Travis Ort’s second-place tuna, a 114.5-pound yellowfin, made him the third million-dollar winner at $1,414,000. EAST CAPE OPEN Las Barrilles, Mexico August 4-8 The team on Chachalocos broke the tournament record with a 704-pound blue marlin on the final day to win $204,284, although True Grit’s black marlin, a 306-pounder, was worth multiple daily jackpots and a total of $559,870. El Suertudo won the tournament’s release division, worth $44,000. THE MID-ATLANTIC Cape May, New Jersey August 16-21 Blood Money weighed in a 91-pound white marlin to earn first-place honors in that division; Big Oil and Fish…