Then there’s the vocabulary of striped marlin on the surface. Because they spend so much time up on top, sight-casting with live bait is not only a preferred tactic but an adrenaline-filled rush too. “It’s unlike any other marlin fishery — you’re literally eyeball to eyeball with the fish,” Boyce says. He says that striped marlin on the surface fall into three general categories: sleepers, tailers and feeders. “A sleeper is laying almost motionless on the surface, typically first thing in the morning,” he says. “Usually you have to be very close with your live bait to get them interested. Come up from behind or from the side and cast well in front of it,” he says. Once the afternoon wind picks up, striped marlin will start riding the swells down-sea, a behavior called tailing. “The best way to fish tailers is to crisscross the down-sea pattern and look down the faces and in the troughs for marlin surfing the swells,” he says. The most active of the three types, a feeder is a striped marlin that’s chasing baitfish on the surface, often with a frigate bird or two just overhead. For this one, just put the bait in the ballpark and hang on.