KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A Pacific blue marlin weighing 1,075 pounds was brought in during this year's Tag and Release Tournament to record Kona's fourth grander of 2015.
West Hawaii Today reports captain Kevin Nakamaru and angler Brent Nelson of the charter boat Northern Lights II hooked the big fish Tuesday while participating in the competition.
The marlin had grabbed a Koya "tube" lure and struggled with Nelson for two hours. The crew was confident that the big fish would far outweigh the 300-pound weight necessary for a capture to count.
After being brought on board, the fish's tail stump was measured at a 21-inch girth, consistent with a 1,100-pound marlin.
With four months left in the year, the fourth grander already exceeds the long-term average of two Kona granders per year.