250-Pound Blue Marlin on a Fly

The sailfish bite has been great the past week, but it's not every day one gets to release a blue marlin on the fly. Captain Randall Gaines, at the wheel of the Magic, did an awesome job on a hot 250 pounder off Guatemala.

By Captain Brad Philipps of Fins and Feathers in Guatemala

The sailfish bite has been great the past week, but it's not every day one gets to release a blue marlin on the fly. Captain Randall Gaines, at the wheel of the Magic, did an awesome job on a hot 250 pounder off Guatemala. The team had the leader to the rod tip in ten minutes, after a perfect tease, great bite and a wild series of jumps. After another multitude of jumps and 2hrs of hard pulling the fish was released in perfect condition. What a rush to get off the bridge and into the cockpit for a change and have the thrill of pulling on a "real one" on a fly rod.