Mon­ster marlin dies in fight

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A TOURIST landed her fish of the day af­ter catch­ing a mon­ster 400kg black marlin on Tues­day.

It was Bill and Cher­kee Hill’s first day of ven­tur­ing out to do some heavy tackle fish­ing and Cher­kee was blown out of the wa­ter - and some­times nearly dragged into the wa­ter - by the big thrash­ing fish as it soared up out of the wa­ter be­fore plung­ing back down into the ocean again and again for the next two hours.

Cher­kee and her hus­band, Bill, had sailed out of Cairns late in the morn­ing aboard their boat the Mai Tai and caught the mag­nif­i­cent fish at Lin­den Bank later that af­ter­noon and fought for two hours to bring it on­board their boat.

Un­for­tu­nately, the fish died dur­ing the fight so it was brought aboard and weighed and found to be just shy of 900 pounds.

A crane was re­quired to haul the marlin off the boat, with many on­look­ers up­set that such a beau­ti­ful spec­i­men was no longer roam­ing the sea.

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