A group of South African fishermen recently landed one of the largest blue marlins ever caught in the Atlantic.
According to DailyStar, three friends were fishing aboard the 37-foot Bertram charter boat ‘Smoker’ with the famous Capt. Ryan “Roo” Williamson. The crew was trolling off the central west coast of Africa near Mindelo, Cape Verde, when they landed an absolute beast of a great blue marlin, the second largest ever caught in the Atlantic Ocean. The giant fish weighed 1,370 pounds (nearly 621 kg) and was twice as long as the men at 12 feet.
According to the media, the men “teased” the great blue marlin from the deep. Once the beast was confused, the men battled the fish for about 30 minutes, using an 80-pound trolling reel with a 130-pound test line, before finally being able to get the fish onto the boat. .
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The crew then stowed the marlin safely on deck. The fish was placed on a digital scale, where it officially weighed 1,370 pounds. It was 12.6 feet long with a circumference of 6.6 feet. The fish’s tail fin alone was nearly three feet wide.
While the fish was huge, it wasn’t the largest ever caught in the waters. According to DailyStarthe blue marlin was 32 pounds lighter than the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) All-Tackle World Record holder, which was the 1,402-pound specimen of fish caught in Brazil in 1992.
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Meanwhile, as per Living outsidePortugal has produced at least two Atlantic blues weighing in the 1,100-pound class, the last of which was caught in 1993. World record of 130 pounds.
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