NO­TABLE CATCHES

If ap­proved, the fish would nar­rowly de­feat the ex­ist­ing 12-pound-test record

Marlin - - CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS - BY SAM WHITE

In 2016, Gary and Sher­rell Carter sent their beloved 45-foot G&S Sil­ver-Rod-O to Madeira in the At­lantic Ocean. They re­turned for the sea­son this sum­mer, chas­ing world-record blue mar­lin on light tackle. Long­time Sil­ver-Rod-O cap­tain, Yoan Al­cala, was at the helm, and vet­eran deck­hands Andy Dow and Ye­fry Gar­cia manned the teaser rods in the cock­pit.

On June 21, Sher­rell fought an es­ti­mated 500-pound blue mar­lin for three and a half hours, but the leader re­mained just out of Dow’s reach. The fish fi­nally broke off dur­ing an ag­gres­sive run near the boat. The team spent the fol­low­ing day trolling the calm Madeiran waters with­out see­ing a fish. Al­cala had turned the boat to­ward Ma­rina Cal­heta when a nice blue mar­lin crashed the right long teaser at 5:45 p.m. Al­cala called for the 12-pound-test out­fit as Gar­cia mas­ter­fully teased in the fish. Sher­rell fed the pitch bait and hooked up on what Gary called “a beau­ti­ful inside-out bite.”

The fish ran down and away from the boat while Al­cala gave chase, hop­ing to stay close in case the mar­lin sur­faced and gave them an early shot at the leader. In less than five min­utes, the mar­lin came up and gave the team its chance: Dow was able to get a solid wrap as Gar­cia sunk the first gaff and Gary fol­lowed with a sec­ond. Af­ter a short run of less than a half-mile to the ma­rina, they weighed the fish, which tipped the cer­ti­fied scales at 356 pounds. If ap­proved by the IGFA, it will nar­rowly eclipse the cur­rent ladies 12-pound-test record of 350 pounds, set by Fonda Huizinga in 1999.

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