Photo; Olaf Grimkowski
Photo; Emil Ruud
It is said to be the second-largest blue marlin taken at Ascension
Island, behind a 1,337-pounder landed in 2002. By comparison, the IGFA
all-tackle world record for Atlantic blue marlin is 1,402 pounds caught
off Brazil in February 1992. The all-tackle Pacific blue marlin is 1,376
By any standards, the fish was huge.
UK angler Kevin Gardner was behind the rod. The name of the boat was Harmattan and was skippered by Olaf Grimkowski. According to him, the fish hit around 1:30 p.m. at the southwest side of the island. Grimkowski wrote on his Facebook page, '"In the distance, we saw her lunging and she looked promising. After three surface runs she went a bit deeper and for the last
90 minutes Kevin fought her [into the] sunset."
Gardner got the
fish to the boat four times and four times wireman Emil Ruud had to let
go of the leader. Finally, after three hours, Ruud, wiring his first
marlin, managed to leader the fish, and it was gaffed.
Gee, doesn't that sound HEROIC? Hooking a (rare...) breeding size Marlin and watching her fight for her life for hours until she is so exhausted that she can be easily gaffed in the face and hauled into the boat? That shit is pure Hemingway I tell ya!
According to the Union for Conservation of Nature, some of the mightiest fish in the sea, including the blue marlin and five of the eight species of tuna, are facing serious threats and probable extinction.
Hey, I have an idea; when y'all are done fishin', let's get an expedition together, head to the Boreal region and kill all the grolar bears that we can find because, you know, them thangs look dang freaky an' I want me one!