Right now, though, the angling attention is focused on blue marlin-big blue marlin. Johan is not the only one who is convinced that the "millennium marlin" will be caught off Ghana. "That fish will have a weight that's at least equal to the year it's caught in," he predicts. The ex-diplomat has good reason to feel this way. In November 1997, using 130-pound tackle, he spent ten torturous hours fighting an enormous marlin. "We estimated the fish at over 2,000 pounds and 24 feet long," he says. "During the last five hours of the fight, the marlin was swimming slowly just below the boat. The wireman leadered the fish 30 times, but it was too heavy to be pulled within gaffing range. In an attempt to bring the fish in, the 700-pound leader was wrapped around a cleat, but the marlin popped it with ease. It was the experience of a lifetime-simply incredible."