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Hawaiian Spearfisherman Catches Huge Marlin, New World Record

Fishing for marlin from above water is tough, but imagine battling one of the formidable fish face to face.

It was spear vs. spear when Hawaiian spearfisherman Wendell Ko encountered a huge 506 pound-marlin underwater last November off the coast of Hawaii. Ko, 52, was fishing two miles off Milioli’i, according to He’s been spearfishing since he was 13, but never encountered anything like a marlin underwater.

Wendell Ko with his world-record marlin. Image via International Bluewater Spearfishing Records Committee.


“I’ve often wondered what it would be like to come face-to-face with a beastly marlin in the ocean, a competing predator with a spear of its own more primitive than mine,” Ko wrote to the International Bluewater Spearfishing Records Committee (IBSRC).

Ko was fishing with his friend and fellow Hawaiian spearfisherman Kyle Nakamoto, who was filming their spearfishing trip for the TV series Hawaii Skin Diver. Nakomoto watched as the massive fish moved in to strike.

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“Basically, you’re up against another 3 or 4-foot spear gun that’s moving,” Nakamoto told KITV. “If the fish is not wounded and it’s kind of going through its frenzy mode and you’re at the wrong place at the right time, then things can go wrong. But luckily, things worked out good for Wendell.”

Things most definitely worked out well for Ko. The IBSRC has certified his catch as the world record for the largest blue marlin caught by spear. As for the marlin, Ko donated the meat to the local community.

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Hawaiian Spearfisherman Catches Huge Marlin, New World Record