225 pounds of blue marlin, unassisted! E-mail
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 08:01
225 pounds of blue marlin, unassisted! That's the early word coming out of Hawaii's Aquahunters forum, where two-time Makahiki tournament champ Andy "FBI" Cho of Kona tangled with kayak fishing history.

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In an account posted on AquaHunters, Cho related the details of this amazing kayak catch. It's repeated here verbatim, in full Hawiian flavor:

"thanks guys for all the support here is a quik run down of how things went down. i was out on a solo mission and had already caught a couple of live opes so i was trying to head out to the depths. i saw couple of of huge swirls so i thought maybe big ahis. then the reel went off and the marlin was tailwalking straight for me, i had drop the pole and start paddling i seen it pass in front of the yak by 5 feet just under the surface.

i thought that was kinda nuts so i decided to give stevo a call and see if he wasnt busy, he loaded up and came to watch my back. he got there after about an hour and it was mostly an up and down fight from there a couple times it ran straight down 150 fathoms. after i got him up and killed it with stevos new kage that he got from uncle ji i tried to tie him up to my yak on one side and paddle but that wasnt happening. so we strapped the marlin as tightly between the two yaks and both paddled on one side to get it in. it turned out to be only a 2.5 mile paddle.

i was so stoked that my bro came out to watch out for me or i could have been in some trouble.i was even more stoked that i got to shave my beard cause i made a deal with my bro that i wasnt going to shave till i caught a fish over 100# on my yak. its about time. aloha"
Cho's is the largest documented unassisted kayak catch recorded, surpassing Howard McKim's 182-pound Alaska halibut and Dave Lamoureux's 156-pound Cape Cod bluefin. All kayak records are unofficial; the IGFA, the world's foremost fishing record keeper, only concerns itself with line class regardless the platform. 

Photo courtesy Ho'ala Greevy
 

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