|Red Hill, Hawai'i
On July 19, 1980, Bill Bronsteme, Brad Bronsteme and Frank Didonna joined Capt. Jim Hunter and crewman Fred Thibault on the Kona charter boat LEI ALOHA. Around noon, they hooked a 1,205-lb black marlin and fought the fish for 121/2 hours before boating it around 1 a.m. The black is believed to be the largest ever caught in the northern hemisphere and was taken on 80-lb test line.
Nearly 29 years later, Capt. Jim Hunter wrote, "I give credit to Fed who showed much tenacity during the long battle with this huge fish. I was at the cockpit controls as Fred pulled leader on this grander. It was a dark night and the huge marlin was just a few feet away when it became visible under our deck lighting. I will never forget seeing that fish suddenly appear out of that ink-black sea. After I put the gaff in and subdued the fish, we found it would not fit through our tuna door. We towed the fish back to Kailua Pier, arriving at about 1 a.m. There was a large crowd of friends to greet us and we didn't realize this was a black marlin until it was hoisted out of the water."