Gray FishTag recaptures Striped Marlin in Cabo

Tag Recapture!! GFR6750 Striped Marlin, Named “Mary”

The Striped Marlin (Kajikia audax) named “Mary” (Tag ID: GFR6750) was originally tagged & released by angler James Hollingsworth on February 3rd, 2016 while fishing with captain Rosendo Gomez and mate Abraham Castro aboard the charter boat Tiburon from our Official Research Center, Pisces Sportfishing (http://www.piscessportfishing.com/) out of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  The Striped Marlin was estimated to be 110 inches (279.4 cm) total length and had an approximate weight of 150 pounds.

The Striped Marlin was recaptured 32 days later on March 5th, 2016 by angler Capt. Erick Esteves and mate Sergio Castro aboard the Handy Man panga boat out of San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.  The recapture location was approximately 40.1 miles (64.6 km) away from the original tag location.  During that 32-day time period, the Striped Marlin most likely stayed in the local waters just offshore where the food source was plentiful.  That area is ideal habitat for Striped Marlin with the numerous ocean floor canyons which produce nutrient rich water from upwelling.  That rich water is home to an abundance of small fish, such as mackerel, anchovies, sardines and squid, which is a food source for the Striped Marlin.  At the time of recapture, the Striped Marlin had an estimated length of 115 inches and weight of 167 pounds. (more…)

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