Crazy Black Marlin on the Blue Pacific – Adventure on the Water: This. Really. Happened.

Adventure on the Water: This. Really. Happened.

The aftermath of a frenetic fight, Hawaii's Rob Wong Yuen with the 105-pound black marlin he harvested to feed his family. Photo courtesy Rob Wong Yuen.
The aftermath of a frenetic fight, Hawaii’s Rob Wong Yuen with the 105-pound black marlin he harvested to feed his family. Photo courtesy Rob Wong Yuen.

By Rob Wong Yuen

Adventure on the Water: This. Really. Happened.

That morning's paddle out was like any other. I hoped to get something to bite. With deep, crystal clear blue waters so close to the shore here in Hawaii, I never know what will take my bait. It could be a ono, tuna, mahi-mahi, shark or a billfish on any given day.

I wasn’t out targeting billfish, but that morning as I was slow trolling a bait from my Ocean Kayak Trident 15 I was blessed with a perfect sized black marlin. It jumped, and the hair on the back of my neck tingled, the air was sucked from my lungs and my heart skipped a few beats. “I’m on to a marlin!” I shouted to my friends.

The fight was super intense and insane, 25 minutes of battle with a hot, angry fish no farther than a hundred feet away from my 'yak. It swam in circles, flying airborne a couple dozen times and coming uncomfortably close to Andy Cho.

Fortunately I had an advantage, the right gear for large pelagic fish. I was using a PENN 16VS International reel spooled with 800 yards of 80-pound SpiderWire braid and a topshot of 130-pound Berkley Big Game monofilament leader. This powerful reel was strapped to a PENN 50-100 pound BlueWater Carnage boat rod. I was able to tame the beast and bring him in fast and safely.

I feel very blessed to have safely landed a black marlin from my 'yak and also help to feed my family and others with its bountiful meat. I will never forget this frantic battle and its hair-raising excitement. Capturing it on video and sharing the experience was priceless.

Johnson Outdoors Watercraft staffer Rob Wong Yuen’s black marlin went an impressive 105 pounds. Yuen patrols his beautiful blue water several times a week. Click here for more Adventure on the Water.