Following up on your story in the June/July issue on live-baiting for giant blue marlin, we had our own encounter recently in the Gulf of Mexico. We had already caught four nice yellowfins, then along came a monster blue — the marlin just kept doing laps around the boat like a hungry pit bull. I tossed out a big live hardtail, but the fish had no interest in it. The only other thing we had in the boat was a 70-pound tuna, so I asked the clients if they wanted to sacrifice one of their fish. They said let’s do it, and within 30 seconds, the marlin grabbed the tuna from under the boat and swam off. After about a 30-count drop-back, I came tight, and it was off to the races. Andy Dolich was on the rod, and he did a great job. The fish stayed deep for the first 20 minutes, then came up and put on an awesome show. About an hour later, we had the fish alongside the boat. It was hard to get a good measurement because the marlin was still green and full of life, so we cut it loose and watched it swim off in good shape. The length was over 12 feet, and the girth was enormous. It was definitely the fish of a lifetime.
Capt. Hunter Caballero Venice, Louisiana Via email