Our charter, Harrison Tobin, had been fishing with us on the KONA CONCEPT for several years. He was always lucky with marlin. He told me he wanted to try for yellowfin that day. He brought along his friend, Paul Morris, a former MMA fighter with Strike Force.
We left the harbor and headed south down the 500 fathom line. We were just an hour into the trip and a couple of miles past VV buoy in front of Keauhou when the fish hit.
The marlin took a Joe Yee 501 lure running on the long corner. It was a sudden massive explosion. We were losing line fast when the fish changed directions and passed our bow going the other way. Had to spin the boat around and chase it in reverse for quite a distance. We never saw it jump but knew it was big. Surprisingly we were able to get it to the boat in less than an hour.