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!