Pictures like this draw a mix of feelings…
Initially you feel a sense of awe at the sheer size of the fish. Then you can’t help but think that there is no way that boating that monster marlin is about to happen without flipping the crazy craft.
Questions follow: Where? How Big? Did the boat sink?
In decades past, images of Zane Gray, Hemingway, and the other greats of big-game fishing, brought respect and fame to the men who posed next to hanging fish. These photos drew thousands into the sport we now love.
Just because this fish wasn’t taken on a $2.5 million sport-fisher or in a tournament (where it would have been gaffed, weighed, and likely donated or used for chum afterwards) the photo sparks a bit of anger, jealousy and frustration.
Why was it not released? How could someone kill a fish this magnificent?
Forget that all for a moment, and understand that it is pictures such as this one that should inspire you.
Images and stories like this should let your mind wander and ponder the possibilities of what is left yet undiscovered in our world of fishing.
Each one of us wants something different from the ocean, yet we all share the same love for it in our own way. We all live the salt life and I respect what this fish means to the guys in the boat. Catching that fish is their job, their way of providing for their family, and they can sleep soundly (once they get that monster onboard and keep the boat from sinking) knowing that they will be able to put food on the table for days to come.
Whether you live to practice catch and release, or you’re a commercial fisherman, world record hunter, weekend warrior or simply love to take pictures of our aquatic world, take from this picture what you will and imagine yourself in their flip flops at this moment.
It’s an amazing fish, unreal picture and it makes me want to make my own legend that will inspire the same in others.