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Friday, 22 February 2013 16:03

Huge Marlin Caught off Ascension Island

With fishing season just around the corner we saw this article and thought we would share.  Something tells us he was not using 100 pd test line to reel in this monster.  Post your photos of your huge catches to the Caughtem wall and brag though we are sure that fish like this will be few and far between.

UK angler Kevin Gardner landed his first blue marlin on Monday and it was a doozy. 

Fishing off Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, a destination known for its "granders," aka 1,000-pound marlin, Gardner boated one of the biggest blue marlin ever caught, an incredible 1,320-pounder.

It was 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 pounds.

By any standards, the fish was huge.

"In the distance, we saw her lunging and she looked promising," he wrote. "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.

The scale master reported the fish weighing 1,320 pounds and measuring 149 inches from the tip of the lower jaw to the inner fork of the tale with a girth of 83 inches.