The moment he saw the enormous blue marlin leap out of the water as it struck his bait, Chris Ferrara knew he was in for a lengthy battle.
“It was unbelievable,” Ferrara said of the fight that followed. “I’m a pretty big guy and it took all I’ve got to pull this fish in. It was truly a monster and she fought the whole time — the whole 6½ hours. She did not want to give in.”
Nearly 12 hours after the fish first hit the 15-pound black fin tuna bait that morning at 10:40, the weigh-in for the Blue Marlin Grand Championship revealed that Ferrera pulled in a record blue marlin that broke an Alabama state record that stood for 24 years.
The weigh-in, which drew a crowd of 10,000, didn’t end without some drama.
Earlier that evening, Toby Berthelot put on display a record-breaking blue marlin of his own — 789.8 pounds.
Unfortunately for Berthelot, his record stood for only 90 minutes.