On the Hunt for Marlin
When he's running Summer Girl for a day of fishing, Leasure looks for good water conditions. "Blue water or a color change is great, but usually we'll start with a 45-mile run to the 150- to 180-foot ledge for wahoo and blackfin tuna," he says. "In the spring and summer, we're running 50-plus miles to 300- to 1,800-foot water. Billfish usually show up there in April, with the best numbers in June, July and August, although one team caught the first sailfish of the year off our coast on January 21, 2018." He echoes Glaesner's sentiments on the excellent fall fishing as well. "My best day was actually December 13, where we caught a super slam: two swords plus one blue, two whites and a sail," he says. "Another good trip was in November, where we released two whites and 15 sailfish." As with any other East Coast fishery, find productive water with bait and signs of life and the chances are very good that the marlin and sailfish will be nearby.