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· AKA Richard Prestage
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:41am PST

A hooked marlin sinks a fishing boat? Well, something like that

By: David Strege

A fisherman off Panama was battling a huge black marlin when the battle took a turn for the worse. The fish sank the boat.

Or as Marlin Magazine put it on its Facebook post, "Marlin Wins!"

Not all the details are in, but apparently the captain began backing down on the huge fish, a common practice in big-game fishing when a fish is taking line. He puts the boat in reverse to chase the fish.

One commenter on Marlin Magazine's Facebook post who apparently had some knowledge of the incident said that the captain fell as he was backing down on the fish at full throttle. The boat took on too much water and, finally, there was no correcting the situation.

Marlin Magazine reported that the boat went to the bottom of the sea and everybody on board was rescued by the photo boat. And, of course, the fish got away.

More photos as the boat sinks and the fish continues to jump:

Photos courtesy of Marlin Magazine's Facebook page.

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And people doubt fishermen's tall tales! Gumpy's Headline: "Marlin Wins" is golden:D

Hard to guess from the angles and the lack of comparison along side a known object. He doesn't look to be a "grander" but I'd bet a minimum 600#s plus since he's got pretty thick/deep shoulders. Guess we'll have to wait on the details as more light is shed. I don't know why anyone would in their right mind want to intentionally hook a fish capable of speeds of 80 mph runs! Too much like real work to gain all that line back. Fishing for tuna makes sense and having caught plenty of them off the Louisiana coast, I'd never want to catch and release a bone-crushing behemoth and battle him for longer than 45 minutes if he wasn't going on the grill or into a frying pan.

At least the fishermen and crew had a rescue ride nearby. I wonder what the Insurance company is going to say about the incident?
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