Morocco, Africa, White Marlin on Bamboo
Morocco with its magnificent culture is truly a great place to target white marlin on fly and dare I say on a split cane rod. This small billfish makes up in all departments by being wary and more technical than most other bill fish species. Its overall appearance is generally lighter in colour and tend to show more green than do other marlin. Their pectorals light up in a phosphoric blue as they come in hot on the tease with a sudden change of heart to scrutinise the fly once the switch is done. The switch needs to be a quick transition from the teaser to fly as they often refuse the fly. The quicker the switch the more chance you have of an eat. I personally found that they are probably one of the most difficult to stay attached to with numerous coming unbuttoned after a couple seconds. A great trick I learned from the Moroccan team was that one of the preferred strip bait on the teaser is conga eel as it's tough and and almost impossible to rip of the teaser. I managed to get a white on the Thomas & Thomas Sextant split cane rod which was sensational to say the least. Bamboo white marlin mission complete!