One of the best methods to locate marlin early in the season is by trolling a set of marlin lures. Most boats troll at 6.5 to 8 knots and stagger trolling lures along the 'clean' lanes or alleys which form behind a boat at trolling speed. Placing your trolling lure in these lanes is critical. When a marlin comes in behind a boats trolling spread, the marlin must be able to see the lure to strike it. Once the clean lanes have been identified, top marlin boats will set out a pair of 7Strand lures in both dark and light colors with 'swimmers' such as a 7Strand Kona Clone Classic.