that most blue water fishermen frown on keeping marlin and sailfish but keep swordfish? Are the blue, striped and white marlin good to eat like swords are?
I agree with this 100% well said John... But I do like the taste of blue marlin, never ate an ever so sacred ******, but I will just about knock momma in the road ditCh to eat sword fish:thumbsup:There's no doubt that a sword tastes better than a blue or a sail. I can't speak for a white though. I personally don't understand why a marlins life is held on a pedestal? What makes a Marlin better than a mingo?? To each his own, if you release them that's wonderful, and if you kill it, as long as it was legal, that's great too! As long as you have fun doing it. That is what it's all about, isn't it??
I think sometimes they are given to the homeless shelters...or at least that's what I was told.It's about conservation, the more rare a species the more it should be protected. Killing 1 marlin can hurt the population more than killing 500 mingos. I would like to know what happens to billfish after they are killed in big tournaments though. I know in less developed countries the locals eat them but I highly dout to many people around her have freezers full of marlin and sails.
Couldn't have said it any better myself :notworthy:Its about being a steward of the resource the God gave us. It takes about 2 to 4 years for a marlin to reach sexual maturity. So if we were to keep them similarly to the way we keep beeliners which are much more prolific and reach sexual maturity much quicker; there would be a greater impact on the resource.
I don't like the "whatever, as long as its legal" sentiment. I am a conservationist. I keep some fish but 99% of what I catch goes back. The resource is much more important to me as a sport/game fish than table fare. This is my opinion, so bare that all in mind.
Reminds you of amberjack? Amberjack is in my top 3 saltwater fish to eat. I don't know who is cooking yours haha.I have eaten Marlin several times in Kona it reminds me of Amberjack not great but edible there poor food value have made them a great sport fish same as Tarpon for the inshore crowd why kill them they really don't taste good. same thing in reverse is what caused the near extinction of swordfish and is crippling Tuna fish today. It's bad to taste good. Sailfish taste like crap but short bill spears taste better than any white meat fish you could imagine.