A group of anglers on Sunday reeled in one of the largest blue marlin ever caught off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, after a 6-hour struggle that continued long after the billfish had been subdued.
Four hours into a fight that sapped the strength of four novice fishermen who had already battled several large tuna, the 814-pound marlin perished.
Tiburon deckhand Salvador “Chava” Flores spent the next two hours reeling the behemoth to the surface. (The anglers had hoped to release the fish alive.)
Their new dilemma was that the marlin, which had struck a trolled ballyhoo and a large green lure late in the afternoon, was nearly 14 feet long and more than 5 feet around.
The largest on record, Ehrenberg said, was a 1,070-pound marlin caught 26 years ago – also in April.
The anglers, visitors from California who had spent 12 grueling hours at sea, seemed in the mood to celebrate.
Source: San Miguel Times