2021 Marlin University Dates & Locations

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  • Since 2005, Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge has been Panama's world-class saltwater fisheries’ ground zero! Get ready for an exciting trip as we fish with Capt. Shane Jarvis and his crew from this upscale “off-the-grid” sport-fishing lodge. Closest to the famed Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa, the Lodge is located 12 miles off the Pacific coast on the undeveloped jungle island of Isla Parida—inside Panama's Chiriquí National Marine Park in the heart of the Gulf of Chiriquí. Limited to 12 students.

  • Visit Costa Rica’s fishing paradise, full of billfish strikes and calm seas. The main sailfish season runs from January through April, but anglers catch marlin and sailfish here every month of the year. Learn the most advanced techniques and pitch to teased-up billfish right in the prop wash. We fish on board the famous Maverick Sportfishing “Fly” boats and stay in the most luxurious condos at Los Sueños Resort & Marina.
    Limited to 16 students.

  • For ladies, taught by ladies! This MU pairs female anglers with top female professionals for the ultimate learning experience! Whether you’re looking to take your first-ever swing at a billfish or fine-tune your angling technique, these ladies are ready to help. We fish on board the famous Maverick Sportfishing “Fly” boats and stay in the most luxurious condos at Los Sueños Resort & Marina.
    Limited to 16 students.

  • Guatemala’s huge numbers of billfish make it impossible to pass up. Almost nowhere else in the world can offer this many shots at sailfish and marlin, and we make sure you’re there during the prime season. Guatemala’s prolific Pacific Coast is the perfect place to learn the bait-and-switch technique. We stay at the Casa Vieja Lodge and fish aboard their fleet of top-notch vessels.
    Limited to 16 students.

  • The section of the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns north to just past Lizard Island holds more 800-plus pound black marlin than any other spot in the world. If you are serious about catching a marlin of significant size, then you can’t beat the action on the GBR, even when the fishing is slow! Our trip to Australia is epic big-game fishing at its best. We fish hard for five days and relax on board our own mothership, the 114-foot motoryacht, Beluga.
    Limited to 10 students.


Please note: Due to the limited accommodations in Panama and Australia, guests will not be permitted.



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      READ CAREFULLY! This Release affects your legal rights and its completion is required for your enrollment and participation in Marlin University. Your signature below indicates your FULL acceptance of these terms. If you do not agree to these terms, DO NOT SIGN this release; you will not be enrolled.
      In consideration of being permitted to enroll and participate in Marlin University and such trips, activities, and travel services as may be arranged for me in connection with such enrollment and participation (collectively, the “Marlin University Activities”), for myself and on behalf of my personal representatives, heirs, assigns, executors, administrators, and next of kin:
      1. I hereby acknowledge that the Marlin University Activities are very dangerous and hazardous, and necessarily entail the risk of serious injury, death, and property damage. I understand that these risks include, but are not limited to: the hazards of blue-water fishing; traveling in mountainous or jungle terrain; accident or illness in remote locations; lack of availability of adequate medical care; exposure to tropical diseases; exposure to the forces of nature or acts of God; injury, loss or death occasioned by criminal act, acts of insurgency, or acts of warfare; and risks associated with travel by airplane, train, bus, boat, automobile and other conveyances.
      2. I have and do hereby fully assume all risks posed to me by my enrollment and participation in the Marlin University Activities, whether those risks are known or not and whether those risks are foreseen or not. I agree to release, indemnify, and hold harmless Marlin University and its sponsors Marlin magazine, Sport Fishing magazine, Bonnier Corporation and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies, each of their officers, employees, associates, agents, and contractors, all other Marlin University participants, and all location owners and operators (collectively, the “Releases”) from any and all liabilities, actions, causes of action, debts, claims or demands of every kind and nature which I now have or which may arise from or in connection with my enrollment and participation in the Marlin University Activities, whether caused or contributed to by the negligence or breach of warranty of the Releases or not.
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      In consideration for being permitted to enroll and participate in Marlin University, I hereby agree to the following terms:
      1. I grant Marlin University, World Publications LLC, Bonnier Corporation, and their respective successors and assigns (collectively, the “Licensed Parties”) the unrestricted, irrevocable, and perpetual worldwide right to record, copy, reproduce, publish, exhibit, perform and otherwise exploit (collectively, “use”), and license others to use in any and all media now existing and hereinafter developed, without payment of additional compensation, my appearance, name, likeness, voice, and statements that I make in interviews connected with Marlin University, for any purpose, including but not limited to advertising and promotion. I hereby waive any right to inspect or approve any materials using my appearance, name, likeness or voice.
      2. The Licensed Parties shall have no liability to me relating to the use or publication, as set forth herein, of my appearance, name, likeness, voice or statements. For myself and on behalf of my personal representatives, heirs, assigns, executors, administrators, and next of kin, I hereby irrevocably release and exempt the Licensed Parties from and against all actions, claims and demands that I now have or may have in the future arising from or relating to any such use or publication.
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      The cost for your comprehensive Marlin University class varies per location. A fifty percent (50%), deposit must accompany each enrollment. The balance of school tuition must be paid 30 days in advance of your scheduled school session.

      REFUND POLICY:

      Panama, Costa Rica and Guatemala classes: Payments made on your trip are refundable for cancellations received, in writing, at least sixty-one (61) days prior to the class date, less a $1,000 per person cancellation fee ($500 may be applied towards a trip within one year of your cancellation). If you cancel your trip, for whatever reason, 0-60 days prior to the class date, all payments will be nonrefundable. 

      Australia class: Payments made on your trip are refundable for cancellations received, in writing, at least ninety-one (91) days prior to the class date, less a $1,000 per person cancellation fee ($500 may be applied towards a trip within one year of your cancellation). If you cancel your trip, for whatever reason, 0-90 days prior to the class date, all payments will be nonrefundable.  

      Travel insurance is strongly recommended to protect your investment.

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