The blue marlin is sport fishing’s pièce de résistance. It is the Super Bowl of aquatic megafauna. It is the carrot at the end of the stick. That’s because it’s elusive, majestic, powerful, unrelenting and can grow to be the size of small submarine.
These guys just caught one — the 8th largest ever recorded — and the photos they took will make you double take. Make sure you’re sitting down for this.
Kona Rocks another GRANDER on a 21 ft. skiff named Dayna with angler Guy Kitaoka ….can you say "Old Man in the Sea" Story!!! This is why we lucky to live hawaii :) #ihunuisportfishing #konafishingcharters
Posted by Ihu Nui Sportfishing on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The 12-and-a-half-foot monster, a female, was somewhere between the ages of 18 and 26 years old, as blue marlin males rarely exceed 300 pounds and live much shorter lives. The largest ever caught, dubbed “Choy’s Monster,” tipped the scales at 1,805 pounds — though commercial fisherman claim to have netted blues in excess of 2,000 pounds. That’s a fish with a spear on the end capable of swimming in excess of 50 miles per hour that’s the size of a horse.
Forget about sharks — this thing is what you really should be afraid of running into. Literally.
UPDATE: This is something you should know as well:
— Blue Planet Society (@Seasaver) July 30, 2015
Photos via Facebook