01/30/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Little BWOs)
2.    Midges
3.    Little Winter Stoneflies

Most available/ Other types of food:
4.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)



Fishing Tales - My First White Marlin
I mentioned in the "Five Minute Blue Marlin" fishing tale article I wrote on January 9th, that I caught a large
white marlin on the 55 foot Ocean Yacht, the Adios, the day following the five minute marlin catch. I thought I
would show some pictures of it that I made from old 3/4 inch video that was taken for my syndicated TV series
on saltwater fishing back in 1981. This was technically caught such that it would have qualified for an
Alabama state record. We left Orange Beach Marina at midnight that night.The state white marlin record at
the time was 98 pounds and everyone onboard thought this fish would break the record.

Captain Jimmy on the bridge was yelling at me about the possible record but even so, I chose to release the
marlin. I have never had any regrets about making that decision. I had much rather know I didn't kill the
beautiful fish than to know I killed it and held the state record. Most everyone guessed this one's weight at
110 to 115 pounds or better. It was thick and heavy. It's rather large for a Gulf of Mexico White.

For those of you who are not familiar with White Marlin, they don't get anywhere close to the size of the
Atlantic Blue Marlin. The all tackle IGFA World Record is 181 pounds, 14 ounces and was caught in Brazil.
Most of them range from about 50 to 75 pounds.
Here is an IGFA description of the beautiful white marlin.

I have caught many white marlin since then, mostly on stand-up tackle, but this was my first one and still the
largest one I have caught. That's Captain Tommy Norred from Destin, Florida, acting as the mate, and yours
truly with my shirt off looking more like a tourist than a TV host. I had forgotten we were shooting a TV show.I
was the angler the last day of a big game tournament that Bill, the Adios owner, was leading with the 391
pound Blue we caught in less than 5 minutes the day before. I was focused on the tournament and the huge
amount of Calcutta money the boat would win rather than my TV show. Bill had to leave the tournament to fly
back to Louisiana to see if the opening of one of his new oil wells produced any oil. That's what happens
when you let work get in the way of fishing.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
New Schedule of Daily Articles
Mondays: Weather and Stream Conditions
Forecast - Coming Week
Tuesdays: Fly Fishing Strategies - Which
Flies To Use - Coming Week
Wednesday: Fishing Tales
Thursday: Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
Friday: Getting Started
Saturday: Fly Fishing School
Sunday: This Week's Featured Trout Food
I did a TV show featuring the Mobile Big Game Club Ladies Billfish Tournament shortly after I
caught the White shown above. I put the video of me catching the fish in the same program.
The tournament video part of the show featured my wife, Janice Marsh, and Sherry Dees, who
is shown with me below. I don't show X wifes. I'm still scared. LOL Sherry won the tournament
with a white marlin. Her father, Mr. Jack (Super) Cooper, owned the Super Salesman, the 46
foot Hatteras that we were fishing on. Mr. Cooper and his family was always very good to me. I
did several TV shows and videos aboard his boat and fished many big game fishing
tournaments with Jack. I will forever be thankful to him and his family.