Bringing credibility to the saying “the fish don’t care how big the boat is”! Fishing onboard Dayna, a 21′ Grady White, anglers Darrell Omori and Guy Kitaoka boated an enormous 1,368-pound Pacific blue marlin on July 28th. It is Kona’s biggest blue marlin since a 1,356-pounder caught on Spellbound in June, 1992 and a 1,400-pounder on Marlin Magic in May, 1990. The duo fought this “fish of a lifetime” for an hour and a half on a Penn 80 electric reel after it attacked a towed 4 pound aku (skipjack tuna). The amazing catch was meant to be, they caught the behemoth on a 80 lb reel, with only 400 lb mono leader, and the bait actually slid 50 feet up the line for the entire battle and remained untouched. While the fish is only 8 pounds under the 1,376-pound World Record certified by the IGFA, it would not have been eligible for record consideration because it was caught with an electric reel. After the fish was caught and tied to the skiff, Bomboy Llanes on the Lana Kila came over and loaded the fish into his boat for an easier trip to the scales at Honokohau Harbor. Congrats to all involved, what a catch ! This is the Big Island’s 3rd Grander of the year. I guess they call it the Big Island for a reason.