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Angler lands 1,368-pound blue marlin from 21-foot boat; just shy of world record

An angler fishing off Kona, Hawaii, landed a 1,368-pound blue marlin on Tuesday, while fishing aboard a 21-foot skiff. The massive billfish, caught by Guy Kitaoka aboard the vessel Dayna, is the largest blue marlin caught off Kona in 23 years, and is only eight pounds shy of the world record, a 1,376-pound blue caught off Kona in 1982. However, Kitaoka was using an electric reel, so even if the fish had been nine pounds heavier, it could not have qualified as a world record. (The angler holds a commercial-fishing license and was fishing for tuna and billfish to sell,,, Read the rest here 15:12

Aerial Pics Show Pinnipeds Packed Into Astoria

Aerial pictures of this year’s high number of marine mammals in the Lower Columbia have surfaced. Early last month, 7,600 pinnipeds were counted between Buoy 10 and Portland during a WDFW survey. One picture looks like some Alaskan walrus haulout, but actually shows a large number of harbor seals laying up on Desdemona Sands off Astoria. Read the rest here  00:02:54