Giant Blue Marlin Caught in Gulf Off Pensacola

Giant Blue Marlin Caught in Gulf Off Pensacola

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After a three-and-a-half-hour, exhausting fight Friday, June 30, Ben Arnold, of Pensacola, Fla., and the crew on Reel Addiction, hauled in a massive blue marlin weighing 771.40 pounds, becoming the top catch of the 46th annual Pensacola International Billfish Tournament.

“It’s a feeling you can’t describe,” said Arnold, 22, the next morning. “You have to live through it to describe it.

The fish earned him and the crew of Reel Addiction, an award of $10,000.

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It took four men to haul the massive marlin out of the Gulf of Mexico into their boat. The marlin was estimated to be about 35 years old.

“After I fought it for about an hour near the surface it dove down to the thermocline.

“It stayed there for about an hour or two … ca  me up, then dove back down. All you can do really is not give an inch. I couldn’t have done it without the crew. It’s like one big family.”

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Although huge, Arnold’s catch is not the largest blue marlin ever caught in Florida. The state record is 1,046 pounds. The world record marlin was taken in 1992 in Brazil, and weighed 1,402.2 pounds.

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July 5, 2017 at 12:09AM

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