At age 16, Kai Rizzuto 1,058-pound blue marlin may have just caught the fish of his life
This teenager was fishing in Kona, Hawaii, on Wednesday, when he suddenly felt something big at the end of the line. The boy took his fishing pole and went after the line, over 100 yards from his charter boat and saw the mighty, 1,058-pound marlin emerge from the blue Pacific.
He was buckled himself in the seat on the back of the boat and began what he later described as the biggest fight he has ever had reeling in a fish.
Rizzuto managed to pull in the massive marlin, known as a grander, after a 30 minute fight. He is thought to be one of the youngest fishermen to ever reel in such a monster fish.
“It was a 30-minute fight,” he told HawaiiNewsNow.com. “I’ll tell you, it was the hardest 30 minutes I’ve ever fought a fish. When I saw that fish at the end of line I was just thinking: don’t break off; do not break off.”
The marlin was caught on a green Koya Poi Dog lure that features a yellow shell and red eye that resembles a large squid.
The boat’s crew talked Rizzuto through the ordeal. The fish cleared the water a few times but never got closer to the boat than 100 yards, FishTrack.com reported. The fish eventually rolled over. When it reached the boat, the crew tried to revive it, but the fish reportedly could not be saved.
The fish, which measured 11 feet from its bill to its tail, was dead after the struggle so the fish’s meat was set to be shared with the people in the area.