Atlantic Blue Marlin Photos - pg. 1 of 3
Blue marlin image by artist, Ron Pittard
Big Fish of the Azores
Photo of world record Atlantic blue marlin - 1,189 lbs. - Azores
Left, Capt. Joseph Franck and the IGFA 80-pound world record Atlantic blue marlin (1,189 lbs.) caught by Jacky Delbrel off the island of� Faial in the Azores.� (Photo, G. Wouters)
Photo of Atlantic blue marlin - 1001 lbs - caught stand-up - Azores
Above, David Lauzen's 1,001 lb. Atlantic blue marlin caught on 80-pound standup tackle near Faial in the Azores.� Pictured too are Capt. Joseph Franck and their� friend.� (Photo, G. Wouters)
"Rocketing blue."� (Photo, J. Vertommen)
Photo of release of world record Atlantic blue marlin - 1400 lbs - Azores
Photo of large blue marlin - Azores
Below, a big blue marlin fights for freedom.� (Photo, J. Vertommen)
Photo of grander Atlantic blue marlin - Azores
Above, Peter Ganz's estimated 1,400 lb. Atlantic blue marlin tagged and released in good shape near Faial in the Azores.� (The current IGFA 130-pound line class world record is 1402 lbs.)��� (Photo, P. Ganz)
Photo of world record Atlantic blue marlin - 1189 lbs - Azores
Below, a massive blue marlin weighing in the 2000-pound range heading for the horizon after a short, one-sided battle near Faial.� (Photo, I. Haupt)
Photo of Atlantic blue marlin of 2000 lbs - Azores
About to become a member of the "lost grander club."� (Photo, P. Ganz)
Photo of 1000 lb Atlantic blue marlin on wire - Azores
Above, Jacky Delbrel and 80-lb. line class world record Atlantic blue marlin (1,189 lbs.) caught in 1993 on Azores Bank and weighed at the port of Horta on the island of Faial.�� (Photo, C. Guigo, standing)
Photo of Atlantic blue marlin - Azores
Atlantic blue marlin photo - Azores
"On the leader."� (Photo, J. Vertommen� )
Above, big blue marlin "showing off."� (Photo, J. Vertommen)
Another grander fully revived and ready for release.� (Photo,� Jo Dove)
Atlantic blue marlin photo - 1000 lbs - Azores
Atlantic blue marlin photo - 1000 lbs - Azores
Photo of Ephraim Cloostermans fighting a big fish
Left, "cranking" and below, another "sacrificial lamb"�� (Photos, J. Vertommen)
photo showing live bait for big marlin and tuna - Azores
Michael Koltgen looking for the captain's agreement� to release his Azorean grander.� (Photo, M. Koltgen)
Shanghai Charters is the top big game fishing operation in the Azores.� Its owners, Capt. Joseph Franck and his wife, Greet Wouters, follow a policy of tagging and releasing all marlin.� The only exception would be to establish a new world record.� In my view, the best place in the world to have a good chance to catch a seriously large Atlantic blue marlin is the Azores.� Six of the 10 current men's world record Atlantic blues were also caught here.� See
Most of these photos were taken from a great new book, "Close to the Surface" by Greet Wouters.� It's a pictorial history of 50 years of big game fishing in the Azores.

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