Big game fishing in Guadeloupe

Big game fishing in Guadeloupe is practised from a 100m drop off, 20 nautical miles away from the coast by boat specially equipped for this type of fishery. This sport fishing provides thrills from a physical, visual and auditory point of view. What a hearing sensation for a fisherman to hear a reel of the largest size screaming for minutes because the rush of this large fish is long and powerful. What a physical sensation when you hold the rod and the fish pulls your arm off or what a visual feeling to see these big fish coming out entirely from the water and literally dancing on its tail!

In Guadeloupe, the species encountered for this big or sporty fishery are, the blue Marlin, the white Marlin, the  sword fish, the yellow tuna, the king Makerel and The Dolphinfish.


The Dolphinfish

In Guadeloupe, it is fished from October to May with dead or living fish with rods from 20Lbs to 50 Lbs depending on the sizes of the specimens that can reach up to 25 kg and 1,5 m in length. This bright green, white and blue spotted fish is very combative and frequently leaps out of the water to make spectacular jumps. The smallest specimens, from 2 kg to 4kg present all year round, can be caught with casting rod to dead fish, surface lure or Popper.


The King Makerel

The King Makerel  is the target species because there are large specimens weighing between 8 kg to 30 kg and 2m in length. It can be fished all yearr round trolling and is more present by October.  This tapered fish with sharp teeth attacks its prey at a speed of up to 120km/h. his rushes are spectacular and he is a good fighter.

Yellowfin tuna

In Guadeloupe, this fish is more present in the summer along the coast. Black and silver in colour with yellow fins, it weights from 20kg to 40kg and can reach 1,4m long. Compared to a fish of equal weight, it is by far the most powerful fish and its resistance in combat is the strongest. It is fished with a parachute drift with living or dead fish and a 80Lbs rod.



sword fish. It’s not the largest of the marlins, weighing 10kg to 30kg with a length of 2,5m, but certainly one of the most beautiful with its very wide dorsal fin reminiscent of a sail. He is fished during winter, from October to April by big trolling. The big trolling is usually practiced with 5 rods from 50Lbs to 80Lbs and 2 to 3 teasers at a speed of about 8 to 10 knots. It can also be fished on sight with dead fish launched during the heavy line with a dedicated line with a dedicated rod. During the combat, he can jump out of the water with this dorsal deployed and try to free himself by shaking his head.

The blue Marlin

In the world, it is the king of big game fishing as the black Marlin who is not present in the waters of Guadeloupe. It is very big:  from 80kg to 500kg and 2,5m to 6m. Night blue with a slender body, it has a developed dorsal fin and a large rostrum. This fish has an extremely developed survival instinct and during combat it will do everything to be able to emerge.

His first rush is dazzling and last several minutes, he testes the equipment that must be verified and settled without concession. He is fished on a heavy track with the same system as the sailfish. Depending on the size of the specimen, the fight can last from 45 minutes to several hours and the outcome is often uncertain. In fight, the blue Marlin can practice several clearance techniques probe, then climb and jump vertically shaking the head slowly, pass by the boat and come out in front, or make several horizontal jumps and then probe again. He is an extreme fighter who gives up nothing and very often regains his freedom.

The sensations, from the very violent touch, to the sight of this great fish on the edge of the boat after a long physical fight are very strong and unforgettable.

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The white Marlin

In Guadeloupe, they are the same size as the Sailfish and are fished in the same way. As the name does not indicate, it is not white but electric blue. In the water it turns fluorescent blue in colour. One can distinguished him from the Marlin bleu by its dorsal fin, which has a different shape. He, too, leaps out of the water either horizontally or vertically, the body completely out.