A pretty terrific season in the Azores this year, with by our count some 23 blue marlin released over 500 pounds in the month of September alone. No fish cleared the mark – many came close, with at least two 900+ fish…but all told a pretty phenomenal season, and a pity to see it end. In fact, one could argue the Azores has the best short blue season of any on earth – essentially two months of fishing, and regular visits from the large girls.
John Harmeling is the co-founder of billfishreport.com and granderwatch.com. Having traveled to and fished the major billfisheries across the globe, he counts Kona and Cairns as his favorites, and the black marlin to be the ocean's supreme pelagic specimen. He believes the very best and most enjoyable place to find tuna is in a marlin's stomach.View all posts by John