- Mid-Atlantic white marlin
- What: White marlin
- Where: Offshore from New Jersey to North Carolina
- When: July through September
Who: Anglers with canyon-capable boats complete with fishing, navigational and safety equipment, and rigged for billfish
New Jersey: Capt. Scott Krawiec, 609-878-0765; Capt. Franz Huber, 610-960-0894; South Jersey Marina Charters, 609-884-3800
- Ocean City, Maryland: Capt. Jon Duffie, 240-372-8117; Capt. Mark Hoos, 410-456-7765; Sunset Marina Charters
- Oregon Inlet, North Carolina: Capt. Arch Bracher, 252-441-3197; Capt. Billy Maxwell, 252-472-1097; Oregon Inlet Fishing Center Charters
- DEEP TO SHALLOW: White marlin first show up in 6,000 to 9,000 feet, then move in as shallow as 240 feet to ball bait.
- GATHER INTEL: Pay attention to dock chatter and study sea-surface temperature (SST) charts to narrow your search.
- THINK PLURAL: When you hook a white, assume there are others with it. Turn the boat to keep the rest of your baits in action.
- Rods: 30-pound-class stand-up
- Reels: Matching conventional lever-drag
- Line: 30-pound monofilament
- Leaders: 50- to 60-pound fluorocarbon
- Hooks: Light-wire 7/0 in-line circle
- Bait: Some anglers prefer live tinker mackerel, but most opt for small rigged ballyhoo (often called "dinks"), chin-weighted so they swim naturally and resemble live bait.