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Giant blue marlin is caught off Cabo San Lucas

Bill Collector 850-900 lbs Julio Gonzalez, captain of the Bill Collector, at first thought the giant billfish he saw feeding in the distance might be a whale. But when he guided the yacht closer, he realized it was a blue marlin, one of the largest he'd ever seen. It was eating a 20-pound dorado and oblivious to the approaching boat.

Anglers aboard the 32-foot sportfisher, which operates from Pisces Sportfishing in Cabo San Lucas and was fishing Monday near the Golden Gate north of the resort city, still had their lures in the water as they began to circle the great fish.

That's when the marlin opened its mouth wide and consumed one of the lures in an attack seeming to occur, Gonzalez said, in slow motion. With Florida angler Martha Chisholm in the fighting chair, the angler and crew anticipated an epic struggle. But after two leaps and a deep dive, the marlin became increasingly inactive and then stopped moving altogether.

It was hoisted to the surface and wrestled on board. At the Cabo San Lucas dock scale, it weighed 865 pounds, making it one of the largest blue marlin caught off Baja California -- certainly one of the largest in years.

It's a shame, though, because the anglers aboard the Bill Collector had decided to release the fish. Gonzalez, one of the area's top captains, presumed it suffered a heart attack during the brief struggle.

So although it was a monumental catch, it was not celebrated. In fact, Gonzalez did not even alert Pisces that he was bringing the beast in.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Julio Gonzalez, who is 5-foot-7, stands along side a blue marlin that weighed 865 pounds on the Cabo San Lucas dock scale. Credit: Pisces Sportfishing

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Comments (6)

Animals like this massive blue marlin are so rare now as to be threatened with extinction. 95% of all large predatory fish like this one have disappeared from our oceans due to overfishing and to see a mature, possibly breeding female, hanging upside down on dry land breaks my heart.

I appreciate that this angler would have released this magnificent animal had it not died, but surely we must now ask ourselves that if the marlin is so stressed by the ordeal that it dies from it, should we not now consider stopping harassing these beautiful animals in the name of sport?

Also, if this animal was a tiger or another large land predator would you have featured it in your article? I think not.

Ecoterrorist, you must be one of those chicken liver PETA members. Im on the east coast and have friends that caught that 1063 lber in Ocean City, Maryland this year. The angler received a letter from PETA saying pretty much the same thing as you afterwards, no name at the end, no signature, and no return address! So if 90% or more of billfish are released and one either dies during the fight or happens to be weighed for a tournament and is then donated to science or a food shelter sportfishermen are still evil? How do you think we know the lifecycles and stock of current billfish in the first place?! Its not from leaving them alone.

Next thing youll be saying how much fossil fuels we waste for sportfishing! Did you go anywhere for the Holidays? Why didnt you stay home and save the fuels for future generations? Go ride your bike to the local organic farmers market, eat vegetables to your hearts content, stay pale, pay those outrageous taxes yall have to save the environment, and, of course, have a nice day. Im going fishing!

Congrats to the crew of the Bill Collector. Nice job.

Oh, to add to that, most marlin are only kept if they die during the fight. That being said, smoked marlin I had in Maui was amazing

Hey Ecoterrorist, go rescue some puppies while I kill Dorado and Tuna. Hug a tree and get over it. I have caught numerous marlin and released every one, without even thinking about it.

Most sport billfishing is now catch and release. If this blue died on the line, it's pointless not to land it. In Cabo, when someone occasionally kills a marlin, the locals will eat it or the crew will give it to a charity or church for food. (Except for black marlin, most people don't like the taste; marlin are not a typical food-fish.)

Disgusting story of a 'sports' fisherman continuing to to pillage the ocean after over a decade on consensus by all that the billfishing resource has been overfished. Glad you published the name and picture of this terrorist for all to see and target by boycotting his business and lifestyle.


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