Marlin University Testimonials

Read Marlin University testimonials and see what others have to say about the experience.

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Testimonial - Doug Shenk, Costa Rica 2017

Testimonial - Brian Crawford, Costa Rica 2017

Testimonial - Tony Bagliore, Costa Rica 2017

Testimonial - Victor Rodriguez, Costa Rica 2017

"From the perspective of a person that has never caught billfish, this is a very informative trip. The crews were very helpful. They would allow you to experience success and failure which is so critical to gaining experience. This is a hands on fishing experience!  Thank you for the knowledge!  We can't wait to do it again!”


-Ken W. Guatemala 2016


"My experience at Marlin University in Venice, LA was by far the most enjoyable fishing experience of my entire life. The Marlin U staff is phenomenal and takes care of every possible logistical aspect making life easy for all attendees. The captains and mates as well as the boats were the best I have ever fished, and the fishery was phenomenal. Truly the experience of a lifetime, and I will be attending many more Marlin Universities in the future!” 

-Mark S. Venice, Louisiana 2016


"The bite was on in Costa Rica and we had a terrific time in Los Sueños.  It was our first time in Costa Rica and at Marlin University. Everything was well organized but low key and worked out very well. The faculty was outstanding. Everyone was helpful, informative and were genuinely nice people. The fishing was spectacular. The rookies went 29/60 for the week but did manage to squeak out a win in the tournament! Really enjoyed everything, thanks for putting on such a great event.  We can't wait to do it again!”

-John & Will, Costa Rica 2015


"It is not possible in any other way I can conceive for me to experience the kind of fishing, location, and instruction by veteran fishermen that Marlin University provides. It was also a great pleasure to meet and share with so many like-minded souls."

-L.H., Miami 2014

"This trip was truly an experience that happens only once in a lifetime! I learned more than I ever imagined and was able to fish with some of the best captains in the world. Not only were the accommodations and staff the best in the business, but I didn't have to do any of the leg work to organize such an action-packed week! There is nowhere else in the world someone would have access to all of the tools and teachers that Marlin University provided. I would highly recommend a Marlin University trip to anyone wanting to begin ‘fishing career’ or to even a seasoned fishermen wanting to fine tune their skills as an angler."

-E.F. Miami 2014


"It is not possible in any other way I can conceive f or me to experience the kind of fishing, location, and instruction by veteran fishermen that Marlin University provides. It was also a great pleasure to meet and share with so many like-minded souls."

-L.H., Miami 2014


"Marlin U offers an informal platform to ask all the questions I wanted to know about Marlin fishing & boat handling, from the gear to lures & techniques. The first-hand knowledge I gained with legendary Capt Peter B Wright for the duration of the program was priceless & invaluable, and meeting both Peter Wright & Dave Farrell was truly an honor...with the opportunity to fish with world class crews & captains at Kona being the icing on the cake. I would definitely recommend this program to any game fishing charter crew in the world, as the knowledge & experience I gained has increased my game fishing knowledge, expertise & confidence. It can only raise your game as it has done significantly for me on my fishing charters and allow you to see how you measure up against world class fishing charters!"

-Captain Mike T., Kona 2013


"As a novice big game fisherman I felt from the outset that the instruction that I received at Marlin University was exemplary, professional and had credibility by virtue of the quality instructors, captains and crew. The boats were very well equipped, comfortable and able to cater easily for mixed company. Briefings ensured everyone was aware what to do when it was "game on”. Everyone at Marlin Uni Kona 2013 got along from day 1 and there was spirited competition between boats with everyone attending catching at least 1 big fish, combination of spearfish and blue marlin. Even when it wasn’t your fish it was exhilarating, with an air of excitement amongst everyone. I happened to be at the helm with the captain, Kevin Nakamaru, when a blue marlin was hooked and adrenalin took over. Kevin smiled widely and went to work on positioning the boat to assist the angler. We were then privileged to see a superb display by the fish as it did its best to try and dislodge the hook. We all watched it dart about, leap into the air and dance across the water in a sensational fight testing the skills of Thierry as he reeled it in. Matt expertly managed the leader and got it by the boat for tagging and photos. I can’t say strongly enough that all staff, captains and crew made this a most enjoyable experience. The fishing tournament between boats on the final day of fishing was an absolute buzz, made it heaps of fun and included a fantastic prize and trophy for the winning team. Partners were well catered for with a variety of trips and were well looked after by Marlin University staff. They did all they could to make the experience equally enjoyable for partners and were very mindful of the needs all partners, including my daughter (nearly 8 months pregnant). Although my wife and I have been overseas many times we agreed that this was the best trip we have ever done, we combined Marlin University with a week in Waikiki. I am totally hooked on fishing for the ‘big ones’ and we are already planning another trip. We also intend to keep in touch with some of our new friends with whom we shared this experience. Thanks so much for the sensational experience."

-R.P, Kona 2013


"This fishing trip with Marlin University far exceeded my expectations. The fishing and instruction was fantastic, and the accommodations were excellent. This was my first trip with Marlin University, and it definitely won’t be my last!"

-J.B., Guatemala 2013


"I have read a lot of articles on billfishing but had done little. I did catch one sailfish in Panama and saw others jumping in the distance. I have never caught a marlin or been in a boat when one was caught. The Marlin University program looked good to me, and Guatemala seemed like the most likely location to see some billfish up close. I was not disappointed. We trolled the vast open waters of the Pacific west of Guatemala for four days and we caught dozens of sailfish and saw dozens more. The staff members were very knowledgeable and helpful. My fellow anglers were there because of feelings similar to mine. It was a great trip, and I would recommend it to anyone."

-L.H., Guatemala 2012


"I have been deep sea sportfishing for most of my life – it is basically what I live for after family. I travel 8 to 10 times a year to various locations in order to pursue my passion for the sport. I thought I was a knowledgeable and accomplished angler until I took this course. I now realize how much I really didn't know and can't stress how much better I was able to become in just a few days. Attending Marlin U has enhanced my abilities and deepened the enjoyment I derive from the sport. The staff that puts it on are all excellent and a true pleasure to interact with. The arrangements and accommodations were beyond expectations. I would encourage all anglers to attend a course and get a chance to learn from and fish with some of the worlds very best in the field. An added bonus is some great friendships were forged as well. The experience was well worth every penny of the cost. I will definitely be attending again!"

-Joe, Guatemala 2011


"We met a lot of new people with the same interest. At first I wasn't sure how I would be received being a woman in a traditional mans sport. I am part owner of a tackle store and hear a lot of men coming into the store and making comments about leaving there wives at home when they go "fishing", but it turned out that I was the only one that felt that way. A lot of the other male anglers offered their own tips as we shared our fishing experiences. On tournament day I think about half of the male anglers came up to me and wished us luck and hoped that we would win. So for any women out there undecided about going on one of these trips I highly recommend it. Please put your preconceived feelings aside and be ready to experience an awesome informative trip with knowledgeable instructors in a place that may be a once in a life time trip for you."

-Debbie, Kona 2010