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14 Year old decides to release potential world record Marlin

14 year old Luke Kilgour takes the decision to release potential junior world record Atlantic Blue Marlin estimated at weighing 1100lbs.

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Today was an epic end to a two day fishing trip I booked for clients from England, Neil (Father) and son Luke Kilgour (14 years old). Yesterday we had a big blue marlin of around 800lbs come up on the short left and took a massive bite with head and shoulders out of the water, she took the lure and ran with it for 50 metres but that was it, she came free.

TODAY THOUGH, Luke who has never caught anything bigger than a small Pufferfish before and who was enjoying his first blue marlin fishing experience ever (as a Christmas present from Dad), was lucky to see another monster blue marlin come up in the spread. With head and broad shoulders out of the water she looked at the short left corner first and then crossed over to the short right corner. It was just after noon and it seemed an eternity as she repeatedly dived down and then came back again to the lure. After a minute had passed by she finally committed and went for the short right. What followed was a show by a pure 'hollywood' fish with 'greyhounding' across the surface and multiple jumps.

The crew onboard BALANCAL today were skippers Anibal Fernandes, myself (Paul Watson) and Claudio Agrela. Claudio and I were working the deck and we just looked at each other and exclaimed BIG FISH!!!!!! Luke was in the chair and after a two hour fifteen minute epic battle the blue marlin was alongside. Anibal who is well used to estimating weights on big blues put her at a solid 1100lbs, but for good orders sake we will report her as a 'grander' plus! The tail fin height alone was WELL OVER a metre! Even though this fish would have smashed the existing junior record (around 800lbs I believe), the decision was taken by all onboard to resuscitate and release the fish. We did this by attaching a rope to the snooter that we were already using to control the fish and by towing the big old girl for a period of 45 minutes before finally letting her swim off to fully recover. What a lucky boy Luke is! In the picture is from left to right, myself (Paul Watson of MadeiraCharters.com, Luke Kilgour and dad, Neil Kilgour.)

 Congratulations Luke from us all at BALANCAL and MADEIRA CHARTERS

 

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