662.2 pound blue marlin captured off San Diego

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  1. Baja Bytes

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    Matt Santora aboard the "Finbomb" hooked a blue marlin at 8:15 a.m. on September 23, 2015 while fishing nine miles west of Point Loma. After a two-hour battle he and his Captain Andy Vo managed to gaff and boat the 662.2-pound monster blue marlin, leaving little doubt that Southern California is experiencing a bizarre sportfishing season.

    Later in the afternoon, visitors and locals alike were treated to the weighing in of the largest marlin ever to be weighed at the San Diego Marlin Club on Shelter Island, a 662.2 pound monster.
    Eclipsed in California only by a 692-pound blue marlin, the current state record, which was weighed in on August 13, 1931 at the Balboa Angling Club on Balboa Island.

    Gary Graham


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  2. errock_22

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    Incredible!! What a beast!
     
  3. StillinScrubs

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    Wow!!!!!!
     
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    Well, you don't see that every day! Congrats anglers!
     
  5. NATIVE

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    INCRE

    INCREDIBLE!!!
     
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    Amazing season. Historic.
     
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  7. bparker1225

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    Phenomenal catch!
     
  8. DoubletroubleII

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    Wow.........very nice!
     
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    Bad ass catch....good job.
     
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    662.2lb
     
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  11. bparker1225

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    Just wondering how you get a fish like that in the boat w/out a winch system set up for that?
     
  12. ivane068

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  13. ?? fisherman

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    Just got back from there....... met Mat and Andy, took measurements, and helped load the big PIG onto the flatbed to go get processed! What an amazing local fish!!

    Hey Andy, I've got the fork length at 10' 6", but can't find my notes on the girth. I know it was 4' something? I am going to try and call Don and see if he remembers, but when you read this can you let me know. Thanks!

    Congrats fellas, a great day to remember, and on my youngest daughters birthday!

    The unknown fisherman:p:
     
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  14. ?? fisherman

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    I asked him that question less than a hour ago lol. He said he did use some type of pulley system, although we were all in a hurry and never found out more. I'd like to know more on that myself.

    The unknown fisherman:p:
     
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    sweet fish good job
     
  16. bparker1225

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    Thank you it will be interesting to find out more details.
     
  17. BiggestT

    BiggestT I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    You get the head started up onto the transom of the boat, then back the boat down hard while pulling it in. In Australia, skiff guys will do that and flood the boat, then flip on big bilge pumps to bail it out.
     
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    epic great catch ......wow doesn't even describe it
     
  19. chef gabe

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    My Question: what are the dinner plans for all that meat. Taxidermy? Smoked is best...thats a shit-ton (technical term) of smoked marlin. Besides the logistics of smoking that much meat (done that.)
    Hey Matt...let me know if you want to talk culinary:):appl:
     
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    Amazing catch, going to be hard to top that one.
     

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