After a four-and-a-half hour battle with a deep sea behemoth, an angler reeled in one of the biggest marlin ever caught off the Alabama coast — and a new tournament record.
During the Orange Beach Billfish Classic fishing tournament on May 19, a county commissioner in Georgia Brian Stover and the fishing team of the “Mollie,” led by captain Jeff Shoults, hooked something big.
Shoults told Orange Beach News that his team was using blackfin tuna as bait to try and catch marlin, one of the deep sea fishermen’s specialties.
About 250 miles offshore, the rod and reel was handed to Brian Stover — and the line started running, AL.com reported.
“At that moment, everybody was seeing what I had been feeling,” Stover told AL.com. “That thing was like a dinosaur coming out of the water. The head was huge.”
The fish was weighed by tournament officials, and hit a whopping 776.4 pounds. It was not only the biggest fish of the weekend; it was the biggest fish ever caught in the…