Marlin Samaritans to the Rescue!
We ended up transporting the fish for the rest of the afternoon, and we then brought it to my home for the cleaning lessons, as well. It was delicious.
Congratulations on your first marlin, Matt and Tocatta, and mahalo for allowing me to help you land your first billfish.
No sooner had my client and I finished bagging the marlin when I spotted my good friend Santos Pico aboard his 18’ flat-bottomed boat, fishing solo. He was hooked up to a big fish and was having some difficulty trying to drive the boat and fight the fish at the same time. Well, it was HALLELUJAH HOU to the rescue again; we did an “instant replay.” We were soon alongside Santos’ boat and one of the guys from my boat transferred to his flat-bottom to assist him with the feisty fish that had almost spooled his 12/0 reel. We watched from a comfortable distance as the two guys went at it and marveled at how the fish went airborne so many times, so close to the boat. A few times, Santos had to stand up and lift the rod over the top of his center console as the fish tail-walked alongside and around his boat. He tried everything to keep the fish from breaking the line on the side of the boat.
After more than a dozen frantic leaps and bounds, they finally drew the fish close enough to subdue it and tiredly pulled the fish into the boat. We pulled alongside again, took some pictures and repositioned the day’s second marlin in the boat so that Santos could make a high-speed run back home with the fish balanced in the back of the boat. The guys aboard my boat were stoked because they got to see two marlin landed, even though they weren’t on the reel.
What a day! I guess we now qualify as the “Marlin Samaritans of Molokai!”
We did finally get to the designated waypoint, albeit a little late. We loaded up on some bottom fish that provided my clients with a great dinner, so they had a successful and productive day of fishing off Molokai.
It was, in all, a slow month for big fish around here, but at least there’s some action for those who happen to be in the right place at the right time.
Till next month, tight lines and blessings.
Via Hawaii Fishing News