For some reason the exact fish shown on the tournament poster were the only two we got, but enough to take the first place in total weight for angler. There was not too much happening out there. We trolled all over the place on the first day only to lose one and land one Mahi just as we were about to get back to Pohnpei. On the second day we did almost the same route and it started with a lot of things going wrong already early in the morning. First I did put a big teaser right behind the boat before I tied down to somewhere only to see it go and sink right in front of my eyes ($50). A few minutes later we hooked a nice wahoo on the North Point just to lose it at the gaf right next to the boat. Right around that time I realized I had forgotten the cooler to put the fish in! We had a cooler but it was full of ice all the way to the top. Not even space for a can of soda inside so we had to dump some of the ice to make space for the fish which never went in. This all happened before 7:00am. OK, stick to the plan. Just troll heading to where ever we heard there was fish. Never mind the schools of skipjack. I was looking for a marlin and most of then I caught blind trolling or on the vicinity of schools. Around 9:00 am I was up on the tower with Brenda and I saw a marlin chasing the 3rd lure on the back. That was really exciting to see that. I ran down and started to play with the lure pulling and letting go of the line. I could feel the marlin hit and let go. Finally he got it and did a run but the hook never set and even after he was free he was still really freaked out and did a few jumps on the back of the boat. We kept moving and around noon we had another strike in an area with no bird or any other sign of fish. Fish in. Two days of fishing and two fish on the boat. The marlin weighted 110lbs and the mahi 26.5 lbs. Enough to take the first prize. Thanks for the crew that went fishing with me, Brenda, Steve, Maggie, Simon, Sophie and Sam. Well done!
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