Video: Australian Kayak Fisherman Catches and Releases Monster Marlin

A kayak fisherman from Australia caught an estimated 200-pound Marlin off the coast of New South Wales earlier this month. … Continued

A kayak fisherman from Australia caught an estimated 200-pound Marlin off the coast of New South Wales earlier this month. Tommie Strydom and fishing buddy Paul Pallet filmed the entire 90-minute fight and uploaded a condensed version of the footage to YouTube.

The pair were fishing near Coffs Harbour when Strydom felt a bite. Strydom had fished the area for five years and the line flying off his reel made him suspect a shark had snagged the live bait, reports the Daily Telegraph.

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But Strydom quickly realized he was mistaken when a marlin leapt out of the water. The marlin jumped into the air repeatedly, thrashing against the line. “I thought I was going to lose him, to be honest,” Strydom told the Telegraph. “Then it went down deep and it took about an hour to reel in.”

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When the marlin finally gave in, Strydom hauled the fish up for a quick photo before reviving and releasing it. Although the fish weighed an estimated 200 pounds, Strydom told the Telegraph he releases anything he’s not interested in eating. “If it was a mackerel, believe me it would have been inside my kayak and on the dinner plate that night,” Strydom said.