- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A Pacific blue marlin weighing 1,075 pounds was brought in during this year’s Tag and Release Tournament to record Kona’s fourth grander of 2015.

West Hawaii Today reports (https://bit.ly/1E6BLHM ) captain Kevin Nakamaru and angler Brent Nelson of the charter boat Northern Lights II hooked the big fish Tuesday while participating in the competition.

The marlin had grabbed a Koya “tube” lure and struggled with Nelson for two hours. The crew was confident that the big fish would far outweigh the 300-pound weight necessary for a capture to count.

After being brought on board, the fish’s tail stump was measured at a 21-inch girth, consistent with a 1,100-pound marlin.

With four months left in the year, the fourth grander already exceeds the long-term average of two Kona granders per year.

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Information from: West Hawaii Today, https://www.westhawaiitoday.com

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