Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch Blue Marlin

In Animal Crossing New Horizons there are a number of activities for players to complete on their islands. One activity players can undertake is fishing. There are a great number of fish for players to catch in Animal Crossing New Horizons with some being more rare than others. Rare fish are spawn that rarely appears while players are fishing. These rare fish sell for high number of bells and must be caught to complete your Critterpedia. To help you find one of the rare fish use our how to catch Blue Marlin guide.

Blue Marlin Critterpedia Information

Image showing the Blue Marlin Critterpedia entry in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

The rare Blue Marlin is a fish you can catch in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Like other rare fish getting the Blue Marlin to spawn is largely up to chance. Use this information from the Critterpedia on the Blue Marlin rare fish to help you catch this fish:

  • Northern Hemisphere Spawn: January – April; July – September; November – December.
  • Southern Hemisphere Spawn: January – March; May – October.
  • Catchable Hours: All Day.
  • Shadow Size: Extra Large.
  • Location: Pier.
  • Price: 12,000 Bells.

So we know that the Blue Marlin is catch-able on your island’s pier at anytime of the day during the spawn months. This means you will want to stock up on Fish Bait.

How to Catch the Rare Blue Marlin Fish

Image showing the shadow size for the Blue Marlin in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Image showing the Blue Marlin in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Note: Rare fish are rare spawns which means some may get it soon while other’s may take a little longer. Don’t give up.

The location to catch the rare Blue Marlin fish in Animal Crossing New Horizons is the Pier. The Pier is the wooden dock you can find along the beaches of your island. When you wish to try to catch the Blue Marlin head to the end of the Pier and use Fish Bait to make fish spawn. Focus on the extra large shadows as these are possible Blue Marlin spawns. If other fish appear simply scare them away and repeat the fish baiting process.

Infinite Fish Bait: If you feel like using a bit of an exploit to preserve your Fish Bait I have one for you. Craft about 5 – 7 Fish Bait and then save and exit your game. Head back into the game and go to the fishing spot. Here you have about 2.5 Minutes to fish before the game autosaves. Before the autosave triggers simply kill the game via the Nintendo Switch homescreen to have essentially infinite Fish Bait. Repeat this process until you’ve caught the fish you desire.

Spend your time trying to catch the extra large shadows you see appear and eventually you will catch the big Blue Marlin. This is one of a few rare fish players can catch in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

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