They're called "granders" in saltwater lingo, blue or black marlin that break the thousand-pound mark, and they are the ultimate goal for big-game anglers. One South African angler recently broke that barrier in spectacular fashion with a monstrous black marlin that - despite being attacked and partially eaten by sharks - almost broke the all-tackle African record. Here is the tragic story of how they caught this fish.
On the morning of Nov. 6, Mike Jankowitz and Jerome Sedgwick were fishing the last day of the eight-day Bazaruto Invitational Marlin Competition, a catch an release tournament held in an archipelago of five islands just off the southern tip of Mozambique. The two men were fishing out of Bazaruto Lodge. Their skipper was a well-known local marlin guide named Duarte Rato. Rato has caught and released over 250 marlin, but so far in this tournament the team had tagged only one, a 350-pound fish. Their luck, for better or worse, was about to change.