Photos: Fishermen Catch 741 Pound Marlin

July 10, 2015

Commercial fishermen on board the Shake Down reeled in a 741 pound marlin today [July 10], with fisherman Edward Barnes saying they were “out fishing and happened to get lucky.”

Mr. Barnes told Bernews, “I was fishing on the Shake Down, a local Bermuda boat in the Bermuda Big Game Classic. We were out fishing for big marlin and we happened to get lucky and catch a nice one.

“The fish weighed 741 pounds and, to my knowledge at this point, is the biggest fish on the day in Bermuda. The tournament is mostly a release tournament, unless you get a substantial fish like this one; conservation is big. Most of them are released.

“This was the only one we got today; there were a couple other boats that caught fish. One boat let go two fish, which would actually put them, in points, in front of us, but weight-wise, we have the biggest of the day.

Asked about the crew, he said: “It’s a good bunch. We do it every year, we always get together, and we enjoy doing this. Even if we don’t catch one, we have a good time of it.”

Mr Barnes also noted that they are commercial fishermen, and the fish was not caught as a trophy, but will be completely used.

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  1. Boom bye bye says:

    Used for what exactly?

  2. Jurist says:

    Poor fish!

  3. Michael says:

    As a species on this Earth, are WE ever going to grow up ?

  4. SteveMackG says:

    I personally know Jamaican Ed or Bull as we call him. He usually comes in with a big fish story about how the big one got away. I’m glad he no longer has to make up fish stories. Once he cuts that into some marlin steaks A. S. Hall and I can fire up our smokers and host Jamaican Ed’s summer fish fry. Thank goodness the Burrkat is supplying the booze because 700lbs of fish is food for a lot of people which means a lot of booze too.

  5. Bermy greens says:

    Bet u like lobster Michael . That will be bait for their pots !

  6. Terry says:

    In the regular season you pay thousands to catch a red hind or a wahoo.

    Money.
    Shalom.

  7. mumbojumbo says:

    Such a gamey tasting fish ,it must be an acquired taste…I dunno…a coupla cases of wine vinager some peppers,red onions. …and soak it refrigerated over night…lemons…case of tarter sauce…could soak it in a case or two of black seal…but somehow…I can’t see you coin that.Oily and gamey….

  8. Asa says:

    Every year this just makes me so sad. Brutally killing these majestic creatures for bait?! Catch and release!!!!

    • wow smh says:

      Catch and release is worse. You are putting it back in the water after injuring it some sort of way by ripping it out the water by a metal hook! Killing it, yes, means it’s gone forever but it causes more pain to the fish by letting it go after a painful struggle of being caught.

      • The Truth and Nothing but the Truth !! says:

        really, is that why tagged and released Marlin are found in other parts of the globe?

  9. A swordfish can sink an average vessel…a three inch hole puts 177 gallons of water in the boat each minute….the average water pump is what…five hundred gallons an hour?…best to avoid the hole…or carry a three inch motorised waterpump on board…Every now and then one decides budo and the way of Samurai is best …instant karma…

  10. Utube swordfish sinks fishing boat…

  11. Micro says:

    there goes a breeding fish

  12. Ronnie Chameau says:

    I WISH THEY WOULD PUT A STOP ON GAME FISHING. THINK OF HOW MANY YEARS IT TAKES FOR THE FISH TO REACH THAT SIZE!!!! AND JUST A DAY TO END IT’S LIFE.

    • Grammar Guru says:

      its

    • The Truth and Nothing but the Truth !! says:

      Oh lighten up Ronnie!! Put your effort into factory ships and leave the marlin fishery here alone!

  13. Defisherman says:

    The Barnes family fish for a living…..they dont kill many marlin. This one will be used for bait for lobster pots and more. To those of you who think bad of these men, go suck a lemon! Go stop people that are killing all the small reef fish……marlin arent as important to the bermuda reef system as you think. Also, if you think this is bad, go research what Japanese longliners fishing 200 miles away are doing.

    • Edwin says:

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I HAVE SEEN TOO MANY PEOPLE TAKING SMALL FISH AND KEEPING THEM INSTEAD OF THROWING THEM BACK.

  14. #Fishingforaliving says:

    This fish has the potential to win this team over $100,000! For you tree huggers in fairylands this might not be much but for a commercial fisherman in Bermuda that is a substantial amount of money. It’s not just killed for bait!! It’s a pay check!

  15. Haha Hyprocrites says:

    Funny how we have so many vegetarians in Bermuda now. Thought I read somewhere about 75% of locals being overweight…that’s a lot of salad eating. Should we put Marlin on the KFC menu to make it socially acceptable?

  16. I LOVE MY LIFE!! says:

    @ASA

    I TOTALLY agree! If your NOT going to eat them you should just catch them, weigh them,take a couple of pictures with them and then RELEASE them!! To me its the equivalent of killing an elephant for its ivory tusks and then discarding the rest of the animal!! For What!!! To make fish bait or have hit hung on a wall somewhere!!

    • Innabermystyle says:

      You obviously did not read the article…

    • Now Ya Nice says:

      And how exactly do you propose that they weigh and take pictures of these fish before letting them go. It’s a 740+ lb fish. Do you really think it is going to just sit there and say “cheese” while you snap a selfie?!

  17. Zen says:

    Who cares you allowed legalization to exterminate the pit bull so lion fish, sharks who cares let’s just kill and kill again

    • Zevon says:

      No one is “exterminating the pit bull”. you sound hysterical. Take a nap.

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