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Marlin Spears Angler; The Gloating Feels Bittersweet

Filed under: Hunting & Fishing
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We’re kinda late on reporting this one, but in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere, you should know: An 800lb, 14 foot long Marlin (like in Old Man and the Sea, kids) speared a fisherman, 32 year-old Ian Card, in the chest, leaving a baseball-sized hole, and got away, albeit with a fishing hook stuck in its lip.

Here’s the exciting part, as related by Card’s father:

“The fish was airborne going across the full width of the boat and my son was standing up about eight feet from the stern,” said Mr. Card. “It impaled him with its bill, a bill of about two-and-a-half or three feet long. All in one motion the fish flew across the cockpit and took him out of the boat. He landed about 15ft away. The fish was on top of him. He was underwater and he had his arms wrapped round the fish and the fish was pushing him under.

“I lost sight of him for a few seconds. As a father looking at a son that’s just been impaled it’s quite an experience. That’s a sight I’ll never forget. I knew there was no good going to come out of it.”

He said his son emerged alone surrounded by a pool of blood some 50ft behind the boat. “He put his hand up to his chest and his fingers disappeared,” said Mr. Card, 58. “He had a wound in his chest about as big as your fist.”

The details beyond that are either boring or upsetting – Card survived, it was part of a fishing contest that did kill a bunch of other giant marlins, and everybody’s making tasteless jokes and congratulating each other on sportsmanlike behavior.

The most thorough coverage (including the above excerpt) is in the Bermuda Royal Gazette. Here’s the initial report and here’s a followup.

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