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Two days ago we caught and released our first fish due to it being too small. Yesterday was a whole different kind of experience!
I was down for my afternoon nap, when I heard the excitement on deck. Mostly David yelling “Oh shit!” I scrambled to get dressed and come up on deck. In that time, David and Thomas got to witness a show put on by a bill fish at the end of the line but once I was up – snap – it was gone.
About an hour later, same excitement. This time, when I make it upstairs, the fish is still on the line. I even get a glimpse of him fighting before he dives – deep. Between the three of us we struggle for 20 minutes reeling him in. He gives us a couple more shows, and then we get him up to the transom. He’s at the surface, and we can see the wild in his eyes, his gaping mouth, and the lure caught in his bill. This fish was most likely a Marlin, and about five (or twenty depending on who was reeling him in at the time) feet long. We are SUPER excited, getting out the gaff and the gloves and vodka and we go to land him and SNAP.
In retrospect, what exactly would we have done with a 5 foot marlin? He wouldn’t have fit on the deck above the transom. Nevermind that these are fighters. So a five foot marlin with a very pointy end thrashing around in our cockpit? Probably not the smartest idea. I’m not keen on subduing (aka killing) a beautiful fish just for a photo op and to chum the waters with his body later. I know enough about sport fishing to be dangerous – marlins are prized for their fight, but our guide book says they are usually released. And I’ve never eaten one. Have you?
While we did get the leaping theatrics on video, once we got him up to the transom we were too distracted trying to figure out how to handle ourselves to get footage. You’ll have to trust us.
For now, Poseidon (or Zeus, whoever is listening), we would like to order one, medium size fish please. Same day delivery. Thank you.