In addition to awarding the Captain of the Year Cup in each of the five worldwide divisions, InTheBite will also honor those who captain their teams to the capture of the largest blue marlin of the year with a new “Big Fish” Captain of the Year Cup award.
The rules are simple: the “Big Fish” Cup will be presented to the captain who boats the single largest blue marlin during the calendar year. The current leaders will be posted and updated frequently at InTheBite.com.
Here are the top five largest marlin caught to date in 2015:
Capt. Matt Bowman and mate Kyle Vanatta landed a 1,309-pound blue marlin fishing on the Northern Lights out of Kona, Hawaii. The fish had a short measurement of 151 inches, a 74-inch girth and a 19.5-inch tail stump circumference.
Capt. Ronnie Fields, angler Gray Ingram, mates Kyle Francis and Nick Bovell and Capt. Brad Phillips landed a 1,254-pound blue marlin in Cape Verde fishing in the Big Oh. The fish came up on a Black Bart Breakfast before it switched to a pitch-baited bonito. It took over five hours to get the fish to the boat and they had her on the wire over twenty times. The measurements were 148 x 81 inches.
Capt. Chip Van Mols and mate Shawn Bebeau landed a 1,226-pound blue marlin for angler Dean Lamman after a two-hour battle on the Luna. The fish ate an Aloha Smash Bait and is the personal best for Van Mols. The fish had a short measurement of 143 inches and a 75.5-inch girth.
Capt. Zezito Tavares on the Hemingway weighed a 1,104-pound blue marlin, the second grander for the Cape Verdes in July of 2015.
Capt. Kevin Nakamaru scored a 1,075-pound blue marlin on the Kona, Hawaii charterboat Northern Lights II for angler Brent Nelson. The fish had a 143-inch short measurement and a 77-inch girth.