Yesterday, we took Perry Sibenaller from from Overland Park, Kansas. Along with Perry, were his daughters Sidney Sibenaller and Bailey Sibenaller along with Sam Nigro, and Evelyn Hughes.
Perry’s folks had fished Kona many years before and caught two Blue marlin, so everyone was excited to give fishing in Kona a try.
Toward the end of the charter, we got a mystery strike on the long rigger. The fish pulled about 10 yards of line and came off. When we inspected the lure and leader, it had the chaff of a marlin bill. Old fishing adage says, “you don’t leave fish to find fish”, so I decided to stay in that area. We passed through the same area about 6 times, nothing…but as we made our last pass, the long corner went off….and Sidney jumped into the fighting chair. The fish made an incredible first run taking off about 700 yards of line with High Noon in full pursuit in reverse.
After about an hour fight, Sidney had the fish about 200 yards from the boat, and then it took off again pulling another 200 yards with white water everywhere. Pretty exciting stuff. With Sam helping Sidney reel, after another 30 minutes, we got the fish at the back of the boat and crew Stu grabbed the leader. The fish then took off again with making incredible jumps as it rocketed away. This was a tough fish…
We finally got the fish back to the boat, crew Stu grabbed leader again and this time we got the fish. Weighing in at 670 lbs, this was the 2nd largest Blue marlin of the year weighed in Kona. Congratulations to a great team effort…and we hope to see you all again another time!