Master of the angry billfish
Thanks to his father, Bubba NaQuin established a fishing addiction at a young age in his hometown of Lake Charles, Louisiana. At 18, he worked as a deckhand on a 60-foot Hatteras, and he’s been chasing billfish ever since. Not really taking his hobby seriously until three years ago, NaQuin joined a friend who owns a charter-boat operation in Costa Rica, and it was then he realized he had a knack for it.
His first published photograph landed in the February 2019 edition of Marlin: an extraordinary shot of a blue marlin alongside Sea Fly
in Costa Rica. “There are some incredibly talented photographers out there, and to see my pic in Marlin was extremely humbling,” he recalls.
This talented photographer continues to learn what he can from others. “That’s how everyone gets better,” NaQuin says, “by listening, gathering knowledge, and sharing tips.” He also says there is no such thing as taking too many pictures, even in high-stakes situations.
Even though he might be satisfied with only a handful, the few photographs that do make the cut make the effort worthwhile. To capture intense shots of fish blasting through the horizon, NaQuin relies on his Canon 80D and two lenses: the EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II and EF 400mm f/5.6, with an occasional EF 1.4x III extender.
On a trip to the Costa Rican seamounts, NaQuin set out to capture a frame-worthy jumping blue marlin sequence. The third and final shot of the sequence depicts a livid blue marlin jumping at the boat, heading right for the camera. “Pictures freeze time, and you can always look back at them and reminisce the story that goes with it, and that’s why I love it,” he says.