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  • Marlin goes berserk, attacks press boat during Hawaii tournament

    The top story so far during the week-long Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is the enormous marlin that got away, but not before a wild struggle that included an attack on the press boat, providing the event photographer with the photo opportunity of a lifetime.

    Jon Schwartz was aboard the Chiripa off Kailua-Kona, waiting for one of the teams to hookup, when the marlin struck one of two lures his crew was trolling behind the boat.

    It was late afternoon and tournament action had slowed. Schwartz, according to his blog, "was sacked out on the couch, my four cameras strewn across the floor of the salon," when he awoke to the sound of line screaming from the reel.

    "We'd been pulling those things for the past two days with no hits, and I basically forgot they were there," he wrote, in reference to the lures.

    What he thought might be a tuna turned out to be a Pacific blue marlin estimated to weigh more than 550 pounds. It leaped and started "careening through the air in every conceivable direction, throwing massive walls of water with every move of its huge tail, and leaving car-size holes in the water when it came crashing down," Schwartz recalled.

    Crewman K.J. Robinson had taken the rod and was fighting the billfish. Schwartz clutched his cameras and ran out and began to shoot.

    Not long afterward, the marlin charged the boat. "Now mind you, I am watching all of this through my 300-millimeter telephoto lens. I was so focused on getting the shot that I probably lost sense of what was really happening in terms of how the fish was behaving," Schwartz wrote.

    The photo at the top of this post was the last image Schwartz captured before impact. The marlin slammed with a thud into the side of the boat, but sped off and continued to fight for its freedom.

    Robinson, however, seemed close to winning the battle 20 minutes later. He had reeled the magnificent fish close enough to yell for the tagging stick, so the marlin could be tagged and released. But just then the line went slack. Robinson reeled in the lure and found that the hook had broken under the weight of the struggle.

    [Photos:Flashback photo: Massive whale crushes yacht]

    The fight was over, but Schwartz had chronicled an episode that astonished even longtime HIBT veterans who were nearby in other boats.

    "Many of them have been fishing for giant marlin their whole lives and said that they had never seen anything like it, and they'd never seen a fish act like that or move that fast," Schwartz wrote. "They also said they were worried about the guys in the boat!"

    -- Images are courtesy of Jon Schwartz and protected by copyright laws. Schwartz requests that people wishing to publish his work contact him through his website.


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    enoch

    Posted by enoch August 5, 2010 01:16pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    FIZH is right on. The reporter is FOS ! This is a Blue Marlin. The record Blue is somewhere around 1600-1800 lbs. Black Marlin record is around 2200 lbs. That's out of my memory from about 20 years ago so I might be off a bit but I'm closer than the BS throwing reporter. I've seen pic's of Marlin leaping over an open flybridge. For those of you who don't know what a flybridge is, you should not be commenting on a subject you know nothing about. The Hawiian Marlin tourney takes place at the same time each year as the bruisers swim past the Islands on their annual trip around the world. I've never fished the tourney although I was asked to crew one year in it but I didn't have the cash, bummer. I've fished saltwater for 50+ years and I can tell that there aren't many others who are commenting that have much to offer other than FIZH and a few others. Flapjaws, liberal flapjaws. If you were ever handed a pole with a Marlin on the other end you'd fill your drawers.

    idjute

    Posted by idjute August 5, 2010 01:55pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    A big fish, that slurps to food in and not eat with a jaw movement similar to the human. It will be okay and in a couple of months, the hook, it will dissolve.

    Great piece of literature Ernest Hemmingway's Old Man and the Sea.

    Seeing all this thru a 300 mil lens would seem close, but with a real distance of at least 100 yds or more. In other words, the other side of the road.

    idjute

    Reply by idjute August 5, 2010 01:56pm PDTReport Abuse

    100 ft or more....damn fingers

    enoch

    Posted by enoch August 5, 2010 02:13pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    World record "Blue Marlin " caught in 1970 weighed in at 1805 lbs. Doesn't anyone Google before the Gupple and open their mouths like nitwits ? Dang, some of you folks didn't even read the article before shooting off your big fat mouths. I can tell that maybe 20% of the folks commenting on this article will be dangerous enough to fight alongside of me when the time is right. The rest of you, well we'll use you for bait.

    enoch

    Reply by enoch August 5, 2010 05:05pm PDTReport Abuse

    No, trip2win, I mean just what I wrote. You can read can't you ? It was caught, captured, netted, gaffed in the year of our Lord 1970 and the fricken fish weighed in at 1805 lbs., that's one thousand eight hundred and five pounds. This is the current world record Pacific Blue Marlin which was the fish in the photograph. Can I ask, How old are you ?

    enoch

    Posted by enoch August 5, 2010 02:16pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    MIchael Bradford, Hey Mike I hate to tell you but they don't fish with bronze hooks when fishing for Marlin dude. They fish with magnum Gamagatzu and Owner hooks that are hardened steel otherise the fish would straighten them out in but a few seconds.

    jokerneckq

    Posted by jokerneckq August 5, 2010 03:33pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    JokerneckQ
    Some
    Times
    Joking
    ......
    Sometimes
    We'll!!!!!!

    ehawk7

    Posted by ehawk7 August 5, 2010 04:05pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    Bad ass Marlin rule.

    sharkwater

    Posted by sharkwater August 5, 2010 08:41pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    This is a week-long Fishing Tournament. NO catch and release so that whole "tagged and released" thing is a lie. This lucky marlin was just "one that got away." Otherwise, it'd be hanging up side down right now - DEAD - on the dock just like the one sadly caught by the Press Boat today. Jon Schwartz is usually shown grinning while holding onto the bill of a dead and endangered fish. Way to go sport fishermen! You're all a bunch of polluters and bullies to marine life. For every marlin that's caught, there should be one fisherman killed to even out the playing field.

    sharkwater

    Reply by sharkwater August 6, 2010 02:32am PDTReport Abuse

    xanax nathan, xanax.... don't support cowards and bullies, hunters and fishermen. speak out for those who can't.

    seeder

    Posted by seeder August 6, 2010 12:41am PDTReply | Report Abuse

    It seems like a normal reaction if you happen to get a hook in your mouth and know who maybe involved?! Animals are not at all as dumb and complacent as people generally think. Sure they don't think the same but doesn't mean they can't put two and two together and have a basic level of awareness. Here's my two cents for what its worth. I apologize if I offended anyone ;)

    mojogotro

    Posted by mojogotro August 6, 2010 06:17am PDTReply | Report Abuse

    wow I can tell a good deal of you people have never been on the dock when the charter boats come back in , those big ole scales make great nail files, HeeHeeHee

    mojogotro

    Posted by mojogotro August 6, 2010 06:23am PDTReply | Report Abuse

    "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTwFrMNX6rk http
    here watch this and be mad at my family ,Hahahaha
    those scales make the best finger nail files

    ehawk7

    Posted by ehawk7 August 6, 2010 09:40pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    We're gonna need a bigger boat -- Brody

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