Cairns, Aus – 26th Grander of the Year

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Cairns, AustraliaCapt. Corey Hard & Jimbo Bladin on Askari caught this massive Black Marlin, they called 1,200+ lbs. They were fishing on Opal Ridge when this beauty took the bait for Angler Steve Swachby. They did try to take her as she was a trophy fish, but she managed to straighten two gaffs and broke free from two more. What a BEAST!

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  1. Greg Edwards says

    They gaffed it and lost it haw does that count? When the gaff goes into a fish then he is not caught until he is in the boat. You lose it it doesnt count.

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