Marlin Jumps In Boat, Knocks Down Fishermen: 350 Pound Game Fish Strikes Back! [VIDEO]
A marlin jumps into a boat as two fisherman narrowly avoid being impaled by its sharp snout. Another friend on the fishing boat managed to capture the moment on video from the second level deck. The incident occurred just off the coast of the Dominican Republic.
Fishing enthusiast Bobby Jacobsen was out on his first Dominican Republic fishing trip in his 62-feet-long "Marlin Darlin" fishing boat. Shortly into the video footage, one of the fishing rods began to flex before a marlin immediately made its presence known. Sport fishing can be grueling and battles between fish and fisherman can go on for hours. This time, the 350-pound marlin just leaped out of the water and into the vessel, whipping its fins wildly against the fishermen, as it knocks two of them down.
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"The guys down there are lucky [the marlin] didn't hurt one of them," Bobby Jacobsen told Bay News 9. "There's a piece of teak wood around the side of the boat there called the covering board and [the marlin] put a nice hole about an inch thick and cracked it completely about two feet long.
"[The fish's snout] could have gone through somebody," Jacobsen said.
After the fish landed in the boat, it began to thrash wildly as the fisherman tried to hold it down to avoid damage to the boat or the crew. Ultimately, the fish suffered self-sustained injuries and died before the crew could haul it back into the water. Bobby Jacobsen donated the marlin that jumped into his boat to local fishermen group.
While a 350 pound fish isn't small, it is far from record breaking. A fisherman caught a 500-pound blue marlin in July just 75 miles south of Hong Kong in July. Last August, 28-year-old Molly Palmer managed to reel in a 12 foot marlin weighing half a ton while competing in Hawaii's Big Island Invitational Marlin Tournament. Finally, the big one was caught in 1970 by Captain Cornelius Choy. Weighing in at more than 1800 pounds, the giant blue marlin is dubbed "Choy's monster."
Be sure to watch the video showing the moment a marlin jumps into the boat below:
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