April 4 - It's a marlin!

Pos: N06deg48min/ W51deg, 39min. Matt hooked up Infini's first billfish today, a 32 pound, 5 1/2 foot marlin! To set the scene: it was 11:30 in the morning, winds were 18-20 knots and we were barreling along at 6.5-7 knots. The drag on the reel went off and the line spun out fast. Matt got on it immediately and managed to tighten the drag enough to slow down the fish but not tight enough to break the line. Eventually, we furled the jib to slow the boat down to 5 knots. The man-vs-fish battle lasted two hours and I was dumping fresh water on the reel to cool it off while Matt reeled in; towards the end, the fish appeared to be winning and was very close to spooling the reel (unwinding all the line on the reel and taking off for the deep blue) when he finally tired out and eventually was brought to the boat, fortunately dead, as we didn't relish having a large billfish jumping around the deck trying to impale one of us. Exciting stuff! The freezer is definitely packed!

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