Marlin - - CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS - BY JACK VITEK Outreach and Ed­u­ca­tion Man­ager, IGFA

It has been nearly a half-cen­tury since New Zealand an­gler Ed­ward Seay caught this mas­sive 1,124-pound black marlin on Oc­to­ber 31, 1969, to set the men’s 50-poundtest line-class world record. Fish­ing out of Cairns, Aus­tralia, aboard Lucky Strike with Capt. Snooks Fuller, Seay needed only 30 min­utes to sub­due the record fish af­ter it ate a rigged dead bait they were trolling. Seay’s his­toric catch is the longest­stand­ing IGFA black marlin world record to come out of Cairns, and one that helped es­tab­lish the fish­ery as one of the world’s premier des­ti­na­tions to tar­get black marlin over 1,000 pounds.

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