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Black Marlin History Question


One for the history buffs who might be able to answer the question if this is the biggest line caught black marlin of the northern hemisphere?

Jim Hunter from Stuart, Florida send me a note about this big one that was weighed in Kona in 1980 and still holds the Hawaiian State Record nearly 40 years later at a massive 1,205lbs (547kg).

Capt. Jim Hunter and his crew onboard LEI ALOHA hooked this fish at 11:30am and fought it for 12.5 hours on 80lb test, before finally bringing it in to Kailua Pier in the early morning hours on July 20th.  A gift from the ancient Hawaiian God of the Ocean, Kanaloa!

Jim believes this may be the largest angler caught black caught in the Northern Hemisphere but would like to confirm as they cannot find any records indicating an officially weighed black that is larger coming out of, possibly Panama, or other Fisheries along the Northern equator? (Or Japan??)

Can anyone help to answer the question for Jim?
(that’s Jim on the right in the pic)

Jim tells me he fished Lizard back in the early 80’s.  Two years ago my wife and I leased an apartment, home basing in Brisbane, and traveled all over the country including a long road trip from Brisbane to the end of the road at Cape Tribulation, with whale watching in Harvey Bay and hanging out in Port Douglas.

Thanks so much Jim! Hopefully we can find out for you!

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