Jumping up the side and back down and across The Turtle hung on, but after a minute of this hand to fish spectacle, the fish twisted one way while the boat was twisting the other. In the time it takes for a .270 rifle to fire (and it sounded like that) humans and fish were no longer ONE.
and 130 was indeed, light tackle today
The 130 was out and the BIG ASS marlin were there to see exactly who was gonna Heel, Sit and Stay, and you know what? Even with BIG ASS marlin that 130 pound tackle can be like fly fishing, and that’s what happened today. We have 4 teams in the BIMT from China, 1 from Japan, 1 from Canada, 1 from Scotland and 1 from Qatar competing against a bunch of Yanks. Sun Minjian followed up on my last missive about putting out the big guns and doing battle with BIG ASS MARLIN with tackle that does them justice.4.5 hours he stayed in there after a blistering run and jump sequence, straight to the corner. The 135 pound man manhandled 65 pounds of drag and kept the fish within sight.When the leader came up, all hell broke loose and the fish came up jumping!! AFTER 4.5 hours at 65 pounds of drag – it woke up. This is what I am told by eyewitnesses.
I can’t say much more about this, because I was not there. However, I have been in this position before. You can’t win if you don’t play, but you can’t have moments like this if you don’t play too. Some fish are too fast, too big, too mean, or just not meant to be caught.
Don’t take it from me, ask Capt. Marlin Parker and angler Steve Schumaker about their 10+ hours of trying to make a monster budge from just about the same depth. They opened the tuna door and looked at it with goggles and snorkel for hours!
Regardless of the outcome, THIS type of encounter is what it is all about. Once Sun Minjian rests up, likely he will be back out there more determined than ever. These events usually change your life, but rarely in the way your wife wants. More on this in another installment.
Enough about the one that got away, here is the story about the World Class marlin that was indeed, taught to heel, sit and stay:
On Maui Jim, Walt Hester got the better of a 674 pound blue in just 36 minutes to take all the daily money. Walt did everything right, his crew made all the right moves, and this particular fish – did not.
There is no life without irony.
Ain’t big game fishing just a grand THING? Endless, the amount of outcomes and situations. In baseball, I had a coach take us to the State tournament and he used to tell us things like ” there are 9 ways to score from 3rd base”. Stuff like that…. The longer I am involved in Big Game Fishing, the more I realize that it will never get old or systematic.
When a wild animal is required, wildness will prevail. Here HERE and Amen. I can’t speak for you, but for me, that keeps this game different, and fresh each day. The critter provides the adrenaline.That being said, here is how the first day of the 27th Big Island Marlin Tournament finished out with 27 teams competing for just a few bucks under $200,000.00https://konatournaments.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/2013-bimt-catch-day-1.pdf