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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    Matt Tanner
    Matt Tanner

    Wow, nice job fellas

    Steve Sole
    Steve Sole

    Insane!! 😂

    Ted Wallace
    Ted Wallace

    Nice! An epic catch, why kill it ??!!!

    Chip Folk
    Chip Folk

    Why not throw it back

    Roland Heuschele
    Roland Heuschele

    Any reason they didn’t practice catch and release of such a magnificent fish?

    Chip Folk
    Chip Folk

    Then you can catch it again when it’s even bigger

    Eric Craig
    Eric Craig

    They should have released that fish. Just a couple more dudes with overinflated egos and no respect for the fishery. When the State shuts us all down you can thank guys like these.

    Derek Grant
    Derek Grant

    All you people complaining and crying about releasing it. What do you people eat, lettuce? Obviously not smoked blue marlin because it’s delicious.

    Dave Levin
    Dave Levin

    Nice work Matt Santora!

    Brent Whillock
    Brent Whillock

    Kill it eat it there’s more were it came from!