An almost grander blue taken at Guinjata
Mozambique biggest weighted Blue Marlin: 988 lbs Blue Marlin, Guinjata, Mozambique
The 22 December 2019 was a day the crew aboard the Little Hooker will not forget any time soon, when they boated a near Grander Blue that weighted 988 lbs.
Unfortunately, we have had very little information about this fish except that the lucky angler was ……., and the fish caught out of Guianjata Bay in Mozambique´s south coast.
The photographs that went around on social media were so bad, with the fish all trashed and tied up that initially it even difficult to ascertain if it was a Black or Blue.
Eventually this picture of it being weighted clarified that it was indeed a Blue.
Although we know of a few hooked that where estimated at over the mark, this is to date and, as far as we know, the biggest Blue ever weighted in Mozambique. The biggest we had heard from before was close to 900 pounds, many years back very wide of the Bazaruto Archipelago.
However, in early March of 2018, Carl Jankowitz, fishing with us on FourPlay out of Santa Maria, caught a fish that got tail wrapped and died. Sadly, we never had a scale to weigh it but, the measurements confirmed the fish to certainly be over the mark. Amazingly the same angler had previously weighted a Black Marlin with the exact same length and girth. That fish weighted 1 098 pounds.
Below you can see the story and a short video of that catch;
It’s really interesting that after so many Grander Black Marlin caught of the Mozambican coast, or should we say the Bazaruto Archipelago, in recent years, and with boats searching and exploring out wide, encounters with very big YFT and some monster Blues have double folded.
The same is true of South Africa where after a few near misses on Black´s many moon´s ago, three grander Blues have now been caught. Two in Sodwana Bay and one in Richard´s Bay. Kenya´s only Grander to date also a Blue, caught on Stuart´s Simpson boat many years ago.
Congrat´s to the Little Hooker team and here´s to many more in 2020….
Aside: This is the grander Blue Marlin taken in South Africa, at Sodwana Bay, in 2007…
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