What a catch! Kauai fishermen reel in 1,073 pound fish

KALAPAKI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fishermen from Kauai reeled in a big one over the weekend.

While out on a team bonding day on Saturday, a group of fishermen from the Kauai region of Goodfellow Brothers Inc. rode aboard the "Taipan V."

They left the Nawiliwili Harbor at 6 a.m. and spent the day on the water.

After nearly eight hours of being at sea, they decided to head back to port. Little did they know a true team bonding experience was about to take place.

A massive blue marlin clamped down on one of their lures and the fight for the fish began.

"It looked like a sea monster! The biggest darn fish I have ever seen!" Tristan Gonzales said. "I was just hoping the hook sank to give us a fighting chance to land this fish."

They said it was a team effort to reel in the monster. Everyone took a turn on the line and assisted when needed.

The fishermen were able to reel the fish next to the boat about five times, but the fish fought back, swimming and tugging with force and power.

Two different times, the fish went airborne in all its glory, trying to free itself from the hook.

But to the group's mix of luck and skill, the fish stayed on after an hour-and-a-half fight.

The blue marlin weighed in at 1,073 pounds, and is reportedly the second largest blue marlin ever caught in Kauai waters.

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