Giant Black Marlin on the Great Barrier Reef – Photos by Hans Feurer, Part 2Posted: August 16, 2009
Another stunning series of photographs by legendary photographer, Hans Feurer, captured aboard The Avalon, Captain Peter Bristow at the helm. I’m guessing this fish weighs in somewhere around 600-700lbs, more or less.
FRAME 1: Me and a big fish, eye to eye…
FRAME 2: Reaching for the wire…
FRAME 3: Same day but a different fish, smaller, perhaps 400-500lbs, but similar action. I’ve got the wire…holding steady with my left hand with a couple, three wraps in my right. The bait fish is visible off the head of the big fish. As we will see, the hook is firmly in place.
FRAME 4: The big fish is turning a bit, the bait still visible at its lower jaw.
FRAME 5: Moments later, the marlin has come around and I’m grabbing wire by the fistfull.
FRAME 6: What’s left of the baitfish (head only) can be clearly seen, as can the 12/0 hook planted firmly in the lower jaw of the Black Marlin. In the lower left of frame, the white tag pole is plunging a tag into the big fish.
FRAME 7: A split second later…
FRAME 8: Up close and personal!
FRAME 9: One last look. Still hanging on, waiting for the wire to be cut…so much for that!