* Dan Blanton: "I recommend 8- to 9-inch mackerel or sardine patterns. On long-range fly-fishing trips off Baja, the boats take lots of live bait and use sonar equipment to spot schools of marlin. The boat circles the school and shuts down, then a few live mackerel get tossed out. All of a sudden a marlin comes near the top, the boat goes to neutral, and out goes the flies. The boat's still sliding even though it's in neutral, so all you have to do is twitch the fly as it flows back. When you feel a bump, set the hook. If nothing happens, work the fly back as the mates toss out more chum. Use a sinking line and let the fly get down 25 to 30 feet and work the fly back up. For sailfish, I like big streamers, small poppers or Deceivers with flash. A small head's all you want for a popper, because if the fly's too big, the sail holds onto it and won't let go - you can't set the hook. You just want something that makes noise so they can find it right away."