How I Got That Shot

Anglers Journal - - MAIL - By Krista Karlson Photo by Kevin Dodge

Kevin Dodge cap­tured this photo of a 130-pound yel­lowfin tuna off Kona, Hawaii, in July 2018. He was on the Big Is­land for a few days of fish­ing aboard Mark Davis’ char­ter boat, Sea Ge­nie II. “The cap­tain was hell­bent on catch­ing mar­lin,” Dodge says. The tuna changed that plan.

Dodge, who spe­cial­izes in un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy, grabbed his Nikon D4 and waited for the right mo­ment to jump into the wa­ter. “It’s nearly im­pos­si­ble to shoot big fish like that on a big boat,” he says, be­cause the boat is al­ways mov­ing to stay ahead of the fish.

Dodge had but a sec­ond to find the best light and com­po­si­tion be­fore get­ting his shot. On top of that, he was ex­hausted from swim­ming against the cur­rent, try­ing to keep up with the boat. The team re­leased the tuna. Back on land, the life­long free diver jumped into the ho­tel pool and kept train­ing.

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