HI woman just misses record half-ton marlin catch

Source: Jody Bright, Associated Press
Source: Jody Bright, Associated Press

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A 5-foot-9-inch woman tournament fishing in Hawaii waters fought a 12-foot marlin more than four hours before getting it on her team's boat and weighing it at more than a half-ton - a would-be world record.

But 28-year-old Molly Palmer is missing out on the glory and thousands in tournament prize money for one pesky reason: Her team's honor code.

Cheating would have been easy and tempting. The Big Island Invitational Marlin Tournament runs in part on an honor code.

But Palmer says her team just wanted to reel in the big catch.

So her team disqualified itself and her crewmates helped pull the monstrous fish aboard.

Officials say Palmer's fish weighed 1,022.5 pounds, well over the record of 950 pounds for a woman using a 130-pound line.

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