Captain Mat Bowman showed his former boss he knows how to catch a grander too! The former deckhand, and now captain of Northern Lights I, caught a 1,309 pound blue marlin just a week after his mentor Capt. Kevin Nakamaru caught a 1,075 pound blue on the Northern Lights II . Angler Michael Bilich, on a routine Kona charter, caught the monster fish after a 2 1/2 hour battle. Bowman and crew member Kyle Vannatta have seen some serious BIG game action over the past two weeks, as both were working the deck a week ago when Nakamaru caught his grander. Worth noting is both granders were caught on Koya lures. The 1,309 on a Koya Poi Dawg and the 1,075 on a 13 inch tube. And the 1,309 the fish broke the “tail stump” rule. The girth of its tail stump was 19.5 inches, a predicted a weight of only 950 pounds.Congrats to all involved! Pretty soon they might have to change the name of Honokohau Harbor to Grand Central Station as this is the 4th grander caught off Kona this season and the 5th (Hilo) off the Big Island. In reality, it is Kona’s second fish over 1,300 and the 6th grander caught in Hawaii in 2015. The grander that was caught by a 21 foot skiff on an electric reel seems to not count in many peoples eyes for some reason.