Anxious Fishing Tales

Prizewinning Marlin caught in "It's A Wrap" Tournament

     The ANXIOUS crew just finished competing in the last tournament of the long Kona tournament season, appropriately named "It's A Wrap". For this tournament, the ANXIOUS team  consisted of David Tubbs, angler and long time friend, Brian Schumaker, crew, Molly Palmer, crew, and myself, Captain Neal Isaacs. This team has fished together many times over the past several years with great success, as well as having a good time.  This tournament was no exception. There were several blue marlin tagged and released and one (1) 633.5 marlin weighed (minimum weight of 400 pounds to qualify). 

     We had our work cut out for us. Late in the morning of the second day a large blue marlin came up following the teaser 25 yards behind the boat, it immediately left the teaser and attacked the lure next to the teaser (an awesome bite) and the battle was on.  The big blue gave us a spectacular show jumping many times close to the back of the boat. After the aerial show, the big blue decided to dive down deep and the fight was on. David who is an accomplished angler had the marlin to the back of the ANXIOUS in about 20 minutes.  Molly grabbed the leader and brought the marlin to the port side of the boat where Brian set the gaff. It took all of us to pull the large blue through the transom door, and the celebration was on, high fives all around.  We reported to tournament control that we had boated the marlin, estimated the weight at 600 pounds and were headed to the scales.  The official weight of the big blue was 610.5 pounds, good for 2nd place, and a few dollars to be used to enter the next tournament!

    Frank Slackman, one of our repeat customers, fished with us in early January and got the new year off to a fast start by catching and releasing two blue marlin, estimated at 450 and 550 lbs. respectively. In addition, they released two short-nosed spearfish. A very good day. Needless to say, Frank will be back soon.

    February saw Brian Booker, one of our first time clients, with no fishing experience have a great day.  Brian released 2 blue marlin, estimated at 250 and 450 pounds. In addition they caught supper with 2 mahi weighting in at 25 pounds each. They have already scheduled their fishing trip for next year!


    The monster blue marlin crashed a Marlin Magic Ruckus lure at 10:10 on a beautiful Saturday morning and some 5 & 1/2 hours later the 1022.5 pound blue marlin was aboard the charter boat, ANXIOUS.

    Molly Palmer was in the fighting chair for more than 4 hours with 90 pounds of drag on the reel before she was totally exhausted and had to have a little help bringing the giant in.  Because she had to have help, the marlin will not qualify as an official women's world record, which would have bettered the existing record of 950 pounds by 72.5 pounds.  It took five crewmen another 1 & 1/2 hours to get the huge marlin to the surface and in the boat.

    The Anxious fishing team believes in playing by the strict IGFA rules and did not even consider claiming the official world  record. Sad not to have the official world record — sure. But after a world-class celebration honoring a great fish that evening, we were back fishing the following day, looking for the next GRANDER.

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