“Shae decided to try something that I have never seen on the open water or have ever heard of anyone doing before,” Matt says. “He threw on a mask, snorkel, and fins, grabbed a gaff, and dove down to the fish. He must have been down there for what seemed like two minutes before he surfaced.”
As Shae dragged the blue beast to the surface, Matt & the crew quickly grabbed the gaff from Shae and got him back on board as quickly as possible. It took all six crew members to get the marlin over the side of the boat and into the cockpit; three gaffs and a massive rope tied to the tail, six grown men heaving and straining. It was a beautiful blue marlin, the stripes already fading from her fate as she lay in the boat. All six stared at it – speechless. They each had mixed emotions about such fish-beast leaving the ocean, but it was meant to be. This fish was theirs.
“The fishing gods wanted us to catch this marlin, bring her home, show everybody in Ft Lauderdale what was out there, and then have her for dinner,” Shae says. “None of us will ever forget this amazing day and the experiences we have had fishing the blue waters off the Ft Lauderdale coast.”