A popular fishing area in the BVI is the North Drop, a shelf that descends 200 feet off the east side of Virgin Gorda. This drop is teeming with Marlin, Tuna and Swordfish. Below is a brief description of each fish.
marlin – a large billfish of warm seas that is a highly prized game fish and typically reaches a great weight. The marlin is a member of a group of marine fish known as "billfish", and is closely linked to the freshwater trout. A marlin has an elongated body, a spear-like snout, and a long rigid dorsal fin, which extends forwards to form a crest. Its common name is thought to derive from its notional resemblance to a sailor's marlinspike. Even more so than their close relatives the scombrids, marlin are known to be incredibly fast swimmers, reaching speeds of about 68 mph.
The larger species include the Atlantic blue marlin which have been reliably recorded up to 19.58 ft in length and 1,800 lb in weight, and the Black marlin which have been reliably recorded in excess of 16 ft in length and 1,500 lb in weight. They are popular sporting fish in certain tropical areas.
Marlin are not eaten in the BVI and we release them back to the sea after unhooking.
tuna – a large and active predatory schooling fish of the mackerel family. Found in warm seas, it is extensively fished commercially and is popular as a game fish.
Tuna are ocean-dwelling carnivorous fish and are fast swimmers — they have been clocked at 43 mph – and include several warm-blooded species. Unlike most fish, which have white flesh, tuna flesh is pink to dark red, which could explain their odd nick-name, "rose of the sea." The red coloring comes from tuna muscle tissue's greater quantities of myoglobin, an oxygen-binding molecule. Some of the larger species, such as the bluefin tuna, can raise their blood temperature above water temperature through muscular activity. This ability enables them to live in cooler waters and to survive in a wide range of ocean environments.
The swordfish, also known as Broadbill in some countries, are large, highly migratory, predatory fish characterized by a long, flat bill. They are a popular sport fish, though elusive. Swordfish are elongated, round-bodied, and lose all teeth and scales by adulthood. They reach a maximum size of 177 in. and 1,400 lb. The International Game Fish Association's all-tackle angling record for a swordfish was a 1,182 lb specimen taken off Chile in 1953.