Maui Fishing Report

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Blue Marlin

This Blue Marlin was caught off the North Shore of Molokai while fishing for giant Yellowfin Tuna. We hooked the fish at 9:00 am and wanted to tag and release it and go catch some tuna. After 22 times to leader the fish finally made a long 200 yard run straight down and the leader got wrapped around it’s tail. Dragging it backwards killed the fish and any chance of releasing it. We finally got the fish on board at 5:00 pm. Total fighting time……………8 hours! We were 5 hours late getting back to the harbor, hence the dark background.

This big Blue Marlin was caught on the south side of Lanai. After two hours the fish wasn't moving and the line was straight up and down indicating that the fish was deceased! Trying to hand line the fish up we found that it was ANCHORED to the bottom in 850 ft. It had gotten snagged on the bottom terrain. Not wanting to dive down and take a look we circled in different directions for over an hour and the fish came loose and we muscled it up to the boat.