Photos of Huge Atlantic Blue Marlin - page 2 of 4

Dedicated to the Memory of our Friend, Capt. Joseph Franck

Could You Release the World Record Blue Marlin for Conservation?  Below is a blue marlin estimated at about 1400 lbs. caught on 80-lb. tackle by Capt. Jo Franck and angler, Peter Ganz, but revived and RELEASED off the island of Faial in the Azores.  They knew she was more than 200 lbs. over the 80-lb. world record and about the same size as the 130-lb. world record (1402 lbs.) (Photo, courtesy P. Ganz)
World record blue marlin photo - 1189 lbs - Azores
Photo of the release of the world record blue marlin - 1400 lbs - Azores
Left, Capt. Per Magnus Ostrand with Jacky Delbrel's 80-lb. line class world record blue marlin (1,189 lbs.) caught near Faial in the Azores.  She was just too big to fit through the tuna door.  (Photo, C. Guigo)
World record blue marlin photo - 1189 lbs - Azores
Photo of lures for grander blue marlin in the Azores
Above and below, tools of the trade.
(Photos, J. Vertommen)
Below, a big Azorean blue being fought by wireman Greg Keck.  (Photo, J. Vertommen)
Photo of big blue marlin on the leader in the Azores
Photo of lures and reel used for grander blue marlin in the Azores
Photo of big blue marlin jumping
Photo of grander marlin on the leader
"Grander's Pandemonium"
"Airborne"  (Photo, J. Vertommen)
Blue marlin photo - tag and release
World record blue marlin photo - Azores
An Astounding Catch - the 4-lb. line class world record blue marlin (573 lbs.) caught by multi-world record holder, Leo Cloostermans in 1995 off Faial, Azores.   It weighed 161 times the breaking strength of the line.  (Photo, family Cloostermans)
Author, Greet Wouters' blue about to be tagged and released in the Azores.    (Photo, G. Wouters)
Photo of Jim Chambers and the crew in Puerto Rico
Photo of 350 lb blue marlin - Puerto Rico
Above, Capt. Jose Campos (who has caught 300 blues) removing the hook from the jaw of an estimated 350-pounder - Jim Chambers' first Atlantic blue marlin - caught off San Juan, Puerto Rico, in July 2000.   Above right, Chambers and the crew savoring the moment following its revival and release in good shape.
Photo of reels used to catch grander blue marlin
Photo of the sportfisher Capri in the Azores
"Capri" fishing off Faial, Azores.   (Photo, J. Vertommen)
Most of these photos are from a great new book entitled "Close to the Surface."  It's a pictorial history of 50 years of big game fishing in the Azores authored by Greet Wouters, wife of Captain Joseph Franck.  Together they owned Shanghai Charters, the top big game fishing operation in the Azores.  To get your copy, email HERE.
Grander blue marlin photo
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