The Calm Before the Storm: Angler Stephen Schultz has hooked the fish of a lifetime—a 500-pound blue marlin off Panama. The fight appears to be near the end as Schultz has reeled the marlin within 30 feet of the boat.
Then the You-Know-What Hits the Fan: The marlin leaps out of the water—almost as if to see where the angler is—then it suddenly tail-walks straight to the cockpit and knocks Schultz out of the fighting chair with 500 pounds of fury. That’s gonna leave a mark.
The Check-Your-Underpants Factor: This one scores 9 out of 10. When I used to work at Salt Water Sportsman magazine, we interviewed Schultz’s father just days after this happened, who said Stephen suffered four broken bones in his face and lacerations in his throat.
What’s so amazing about this attack is how much ground the marlin covers in such a short amount of time. From the time the fish jumps to when it strikes the angler takes only three seconds. But I imagine from Schultz’s point of view, that three seconds felt more like three years.