Marlin Expeditions Comes to Kona

A learning experience leads to victory

Marlin University is now Marlin Expeditions! We travel to the best big-game destinations on Earth, at peak times of the year, and teach the most cutting-edge techniques to catch billfish. Check out our 2023 expeditions.

As one of the four boats participating in the 2022 Marlin Expedition to Kona, Hawaii, Capt. Chris Donato shares his insight into not only what makes this a special program, but a few drag-management tips along the way. Specifically, he discusses his preferred settings for heavy tackle—IGFA 130-pound-test gear—with specific settings for the strike and how to manage those crucial first few seconds of a bite. 

Marlin Expeditions—formerly known as Marlin University—hosts a series of all-inclusive and fully curated immersive fishing trips around the world to destinations such as Cape Verde, the Great Barrier Reef, Cabo San Lucas, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and more. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned professional angler, there’s always something to learn from the team’s professional expert instructors. 

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