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Tag & Release

We are official Billfish Foundation members and therefore operate a Tag & Release policy on board the Dorado. As we are members you, the angler, will qualify for a much-prized Billfish Foundation Release Certificate.

All billfish caught for release (Atlantic Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Short and Long Bill Spearfish) on board our boats are tagged alongside the boat at which point we make an accurate estimate of the weight of the fish. This is based on the length and width of the fish together with other indicators known to our experienced crews.

A live fish, tagged and ready for release

The fish is then fully revived before being released. Depending on the fight time with the fish, this can take up to 10 minutes, though most are released in a shorter time.

An epic fight with a marlin should take less than an hour (the average is 30 minutes, to ensure that the fish is not exhausted), acheived by "backing down" hard to help the angler's work rate.

A dead fish

Photographs can be taken by and for the angler while the fish is alongside the boat, and we have video cameras on board for full coverage of the epic battle, right up to and including release.

Under NO circumstances should Marlin be boated for photos, as this only causes more stress for the fish, and could be damaging to it.
All hooks should be removed, as cutting off the leader and leaving the hook in the fish should be avoided at all costs.

As Billfish Foundation members our motto is "Safety At All Costs", for the angler, the crew and, of course, the fish that has provided the wonderful sport. To ensure this on all our charters the three-man crew comprises the Captain, Leader man and Tag man.

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