10 Sep 2003 - 1000 pound plus Black Marlin caught in Los Suenos Costa Rica
 Category:  Costa Rica
 Author Name:  Dr. DeCarol Williamson
 Author E-mail:  My email
Click here to enlarge Report Description: On Saturday, August 30, 2003, Dr. DeCarol Williamson from North Carolina landed his first grander Black Marlin of his lifetime. This is reported to be the largest fish ever brought into Los Suenos, Costa Rica to date. Dr. Williamson told me by phone his story – and what a story it was. He decided to go fishing north of Los Suenos scouting out the area as he was a new arrival to the resort area. While fishing on his 38’ boat “El Jefe” trolling Williamson lures, one of the reels started screaming out line. He was fishing a Penn International 50TW loaded with 50 lb. Ande monofilament line, trolling a large lure, usually a teaser, but had anticipated a Black Marlin was possibly in the area as some had been hooked during the previous weeks. The fish, estimated at 1,000 to 1,200 pounds, was only seen two times popping his head out of the water to a point where it was known in the early stages that the fish was in fact a Black Marlin. The size was underestimated in the early stages of the fight due to the distance it had popped up out of the water (700 feet away from the boat). Only the captain on the bridge was able to see the fish clearly. After a 1 hours 45 minute battle, the fish was about to be leadered and as the deckhand reached for the leader, he took a half wrap on his hand and got his first look at the monster below. Shock and awe is what happened next as he turned to look at Dr. Williamson, his eyes had grown to about double their normal size. The deckhand was about the tell Dr. Williamson just how big this fish really was, but before he could speak, the monster took off and the leader was no longer in his reach. The Black Marlin proceeded to strip off of the line from the reel as if the drag not been set at all. The drags were set at 17 lbs. strike and this monster peeled it off the reel like it was in freespool. The angler had seen the bottom of his spool on four separate occasions during this battle that was to be a tagged and released fish from the start of the fight. As with most large Marlin, the fish sounded straight down, and when the captain observed this, he put the throttle down and drove away from the fish hoping to plane the fish up or walk it to the surface. It worked but the fish had nothing left and, unfortunately exhausted his strength in his last attempt to escape. The fish floated upside down to the surface about 45 minutes later. A gaff was used by an inexperienced angler who turned his head away from the fish to gaff it and placed the gaff horizontally into the fish. Dr. Williamson was saddened by the death of the fish as he had every intention to release the fish from the beginning of the battle. Once the fish was gaffed, more problems were encountered as the fish would not fit sideways through the Marlin door because its girth was far too wide. With three people trying to get the fish through the door, they finally decided to try to get the fish inside of the back of the boat by backing down on it with the door open. It took over 30 minutes to get this 1,000 lb. plus fish into the cockpit area of “El Jefe.” Even though the beam of the boat is 14 ft. with more than 12 ft. of space in the rear of the boat, the fish was brought in and placed on one side of the boat. Unfortunately, the boat was listing so badly the giant had to be repositioned in order for the boat to return to port. With a great deal of difficulty, the grander was moved to the rear of the boat and placed from port to starboard as well as possible given the work area available. Once they returned to the port, the issue of removing the fish from the boat had just begun. Calling for the forklift used to lift large boats out of the water, the fish was finally lifted out of “El Jefe.” There was no scale large enough to weigh the fish in the Los Suenos area, so the Marlin was loaded onto a flatbed truck only to find that it would need to be moved again as it required an even larger vehicle. The weight of the fish was collapsing the leaf springs and bottoming out the shocks to the point where the bed of the truck was resting on the rear tires. The fish was cleaned and donated to anyone who wanted it right there at the docks. Dr. Williamson stated after the battle that he was retiring from fishing grander Marlin, but I truly believe this is temporary idea – he will return to fishing granders once all of his muscles and bones have healed.