662 pound marlin caught in San Diego; largest in last 84 years

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  • 2015 will go down as one of the great sportfishing years in San Diego history, and the hits just keep on coming. Matt Santora and Andy Vo made the catch of the year, perhaps catch of the century today – a 662.2 pound blue marlin.

    The magnificent blue marlin is thought to be the largest marlin caught in California since 1931. Santora and Vo weighed the fish on the certified scale at The Marlin Club of San Diego on Shelter Island.

    In The Marlin Club’s database of historic catches, this one will land at the very top. Previous to this, the largest fish recorded by The Marlin Club was a 390.5 pound swordfish caught in August of 1980. The state record for blue marlin was caught in August of 1931 and weighed 692 pounds, weighed at the Balboa Angling Club in Orange County. The largest fish ever caught and weighed in California was a 1,098.75 pound shortfin mako shark in 2010.

    Santora and Vo were trolling for marlin with the green jig in the photo, aboard Santora’s 21′ boat. Santora fought the fish while Vo captained the boat, eventually landing the fish after a 2 hour battle mid-morning. It was reportedly hooked within 10 miles of San Diego Bay.

    Santora is the owner of the local saltwater angler apparel line, Finbomb.

    Also see other incredible fish stories of 2015



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    Sheri Stewart
    Sheri Stewart

    WOW! Congrats to the new recordholders! If I may, I would like to contribute to the Marlin Club’s record with this photo. On 8/21/55, Frank Naso hooked this 406.5 lb marlin. When the fish sounded and took all of the line on Frank’s reel, my grandfather, Felix Budzilko tied his… Read more »


    Amazing catch anyone crying about saving it can go to a different website for pickle smoochers and Hillary voters you obviosly depend on real men to handle the hunting and fishing for you so you can go to a sushi restaurant with your boyfriend and pig out while someone else… Read more »



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