This is Kai Rizzuto’s first blue marlin, and he quickly found out it’s not just any marlin. It’s a rare “grander.”
Rizzuto is only 16 years old and lives thousands of miles away, but he caught the first grander this year off the Kona coast. He was in Hawaii visiting his grandfather, who writes about Hawaii fishing.
Watch how Rizzuto landed the enormous fish after an epic, 30-minute battle.
Rizzuto went out on the water with the folks from Ihu Nui Sportfishing on Feb. 18, 2015. He didn’t know what he was in for when they set out, as his grander was just a little over 500 pounds shy of beating the record for the largest marlin ever caught.
The teen told reporters, “It’s a catch of a lifetime!”
Although large billfish like this one are usually released, it had perished by the time it was hauled on board. Marlin meat is very nutritious, so the huge catch did not go to waste.