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Aussie Teen Hooks Record Black Marlin, Feeds it to Sharks; 'It was Pretty Cool'
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CAIRNS, Australia -- CAIRNS teenager Alex Johnston could barely walk after spending more than an hour battling to land this record 496kg black marlin. Yesterday, he and his proud dad Graham, skipper of the game boat Shikari, towed the majestic game fish back out to sea to watch it get ripped to pieces by sharks.

The 14-year-old said he was expecting some flak from "greenies" but "the last time six big tiger sharks came in . . . it was pretty cool".

Crowds flocked to Trinity Wharf for the weigh-in as news spread of the mammoth catch on Sunday.

"It looked huge underwater," he said.

"I knew it was a world record as soon as I saw it."

The 5m female black marlin topped the teen's own world record for the biggest catch of any fish for somebody under 17, set when he outfought a 485.5kg tiger shark.

"It is much more prestigious to catch a big marlin than a shark because they fight harder and take longer to get to the boat," explained the 15-time fishing world junior record holder. The black marlin was his first "grander", or thousand-pounder, the holy grail of big game fishing. It was his 97th marlin in total.

Critics yesterday condemned the killing of the giant fish as senseless trophy hunting.

"It is a shame we have not evolved beyond killing trophy fish," said Australian Marine Conservation Society spokesman Craig Bohm.

Proud dad Graham said his son showed great tenacity to outfight the fish (1091 pounds) in a 75 minute tussle at Linden Banks, 80km off Cairns.

"He's a strong little bugger and he doesn't give up," he said.

Alex was looking forward to yesterday's shark cage diving.

"We put the dead marlin in front of the cage and then jump into the cage and watch the big sharks come in to feast on the carcass," he said.

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Reader Comments

208 people have commented so far. cloud add your comment

Where is the prestige in cathing and killing such a magificant creature? Shame on you and try to understand that we are not living in 19th century anymore when the seas were still plentiful. if you don't know this then I don't know what planet you are from. soory if my english is noy that good but I hope the message gets through!
   comment# 1   - Håkan Eriksson · Sweden · Nov 28, 2006 @ 5:50am

After reading this story I am at a loss for words, you and your dad should be ashamed of yourselves. To kill such a magnificent marine animal just for a picture and to show off is beyond belief. Millions of people all over the world are fighting to protect and save our marine life from this piontless destruction of live only to have a boy who obvilously doesn't know any better catch and kill this Marlin, shame on you both!!!
   comment# 2   - Barry Hay · London, UK · Nov 28, 2006 @ 6:47am

What is wrong with the people of Australia, what is it that makes them want to kill fish and sharks, hassle crocs and rays, is it genes or the environment?
   comment# 3   - Dave · Toronto, Canada · Nov 28, 2006 @ 7:59am

The mindless killing of these magnificent marine creatures simply beggars belief. When our oceans have finally been denuded of the species that you take delight in destroying how proud will you be to show your grandchildren & great grandchildren these photographs of your part in their destruction?
   comment# 4   - Peter Draper · UK · Nov 28, 2006 @ 8:42am

I wonder what it will be like ten or twenty years down the line when others want to dive with sharks, but it is impossible to do so because irresponsible people like you have fished them to extinction, all in the name of "fun". How will future generations be able to appreciate the beauty of these creatures. I can only hope that one day you will see the light.
   comment# 5   - Steve · Southampton, UK · Nov 28, 2006 @ 9:21am

Absolutely appalling! Perhaps a 13 year old boy may not know any better, so what sort of example is his father and other adults who encourage this mindless barbarity setting? If this sort of activity is allowed to continue then who is going to get the "record" for cathcing the LAST of the species rather than the biggest?
   comment# 6   - Gavin Johnson · UK · Nov 28, 2006 @ 9:29am

When will these idiots realise that removing all the apex predators, will ultimately cause the death of the oceans, and therefore all life on the planet. It is really sad to see such a young boy taking such pride in the slaughter of these creatures. The youth of today in general have a much more sympathetic view on green issues, however this young boys attitude is just abominable. I hope the "greenies" give you and your parents all that you deserve little boy.
   comment# 7   - Andrew Thompson · UK · Nov 28, 2006 @ 10:06am

so you think this is pretty "cool", all the attention you are getting. let me tell you that I think what the BOTH of you have done is pretty disgusting and above all, cowardly.
   comment# 8   - karl · new york city, ny, usa · Nov 28, 2006 @ 10:09am

Someone else mentioned "mindless barbarity" in connection with this "achievement". Whatever is his father thinking? Why not just buy the kid a Playstation? Killing a beautiful predator just to feed it for other predators for the enjoyment of the spectacle.....words fail me.
   comment# 9   - jeff eaton · England · Nov 28, 2006 @ 10:20am

What is wrong with these people? Why not buy the kid a Playstation or something? Whatever is his father thinking? Killing a beautiful predator and then to use the carcass to attract other predators just to see the spectacle......just as bad as the Romans really isn't it? They should be thoroughly ashamed of theirselves. Pathetic.
   comment# 10   - jeff eaton · England · Nov 28, 2006 @ 10:26am

Wow! What a monster. Don't listen to the PETA types. Keep heading out there and fishing for the next big one. I wish I had the opportunity to take my kids out to catch something like that. Congrats on the "MONSTER" and keep on fishing! Tight lines!!!
   comment# 11   - Matt · Washington DC, USA · Nov 28, 2006 @ 10:55am

Learn to dive mate and go and see these creatures alive under the water, you'll completly change your mind on killing things. Use Steve Irwin as your role model, he was a top bloke and knew the value of life. Mark
   comment# 12   - Mark Ninnim · UK · Nov 28, 2006 @ 11:03am

I am an avid fisherman and I keep fish for eating every once in a while. I think it is ok to kill fish for consumption, but to tow it out to watch it be devoured is pretty arrogant when there are starving people in this world.
   comment# 13   - Nick · Arcata CA, USA · Nov 28, 2006 @ 11:26am

Killing just for the sake of killing.
   comment# 14   - JB · Philadelphia, USA · Nov 28, 2006 @ 11:44am

It will only stop when they are hunted to extinction,not too far off now.
   comment# 15   - Stuart · Surrey UK · Nov 28, 2006 @ 12:03pm

I am both an angler and a diver, I have caught many specimen fish and I am pleased to say the vast majority are still alive today. I know this because they are caught every 2 or 3 years. It's called catch and release. Don't get me wrong I'm not bitching about someone who goes out with a rod and line to catch for the pot, that's a far more sustainable method than trawling till the seas become deserts but to kill the fish of a lifetime just so you can watch the sharks rip it to bits is a travesty. It's like finding a long lost painting by Picasso then setting fire to it so you can watch the flames. Congrats on your record I hope it was worth it you loser!!!
   comment# 16   - Dave Abraham · UK · Nov 28, 2006 @ 12:09pm

This goes beyond senseless trophy hunting. If this kid thinks it's so much fun to rape the ocean now, imagine what he'll be like when he grows up.
   comment# 17   - Ken Harrison · USA · Nov 28, 2006 @ 1:43pm

Wow, You guys really love animals....I mean you really love animals. O and um Steve Irwin died. Look animals are nice and all and should be protected, but he is just a kid, and he caught an incredible fish. I think we all can appreciate the size of these fish, maybe people will respect them more.
   comment# 18   - Stan Marsh · South Park, Colorado · Nov 28, 2006 @ 1:59pm

Degenerates raising degenerates. Killing is fun as long as you're in no danger. COWARDS and definitely NOT sportsmen.
   comment# 19   - Steve Stone · Dover, USA · Nov 28, 2006 @ 3:23pm

They say common sense isn't that common. This father and son sure fall under the no common sense generation. Definite idiots and anyone who thinks differently is an less than intelligent person also.
   comment# 20   - Ken · Half moon Bay, CA · Nov 28, 2006 @ 4:58pm

Father & son are a pair of complete idiots with no respect for the ocean environment.
   comment# 21   - Iain · Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt · Nov 29, 2006 @ 3:30am

It's really pissing me off that due to the actions of a couple of 'Homo Erectus', people with brains and thus able to think are being restrained from seeing such magnificent animals and moreover holding back these animals from living.
   comment# 22   - Stef · Nijmegen, Netherlands · Nov 29, 2006 @ 5:23am

I am at a loss for words as most are. You and your father should be completely ashamed of yourselves for killing such a wonderful creature. If you gained enjoyment from watching the "fruits" of your killing being eaten by sharks then I suggest you seek some serious professional help. You are so young to be such a less than intelligent person.
   comment# 23   - Steve Carmichael-Timson · Carmarthen, Wales. · Nov 29, 2006 @ 5:49am

This sort of irresponsible action is threatens many already endangered species. These two idiots should be fed to the sharks and we can all watch, enthralled as they are ripped to pieces.
   comment# 24   - Steve · England · Nov 29, 2006 @ 6:06am

This is absolutely appaling & i'm a hunter & a fisherman! To kill for the table is one thing, but what you've done is barbaric. This fish has probably lived happily in the sea for many years more than you are old & you take its life to get a kick out of feeding it to sharks. Its absolutely beyond belief & i'm disgusted.
   comment# 25   - Dave · Horsham, UK · Nov 29, 2006 @ 7:29am

Its now obvious that these two morons play there own game. Extracts from there fishing clubs "code of practice" *Promote the marine environment and its natural resources. *Encourage catch and release fishing particularly all Billfish species. *Encourage fish tagging wherever possible. An email to there Executive Committee is on its way.
   comment# 26   - Barry · England · Nov 29, 2006 @ 7:44am

What an less than intelligent person! please remind me who is the mindless killer - is it still the shark or just this little less than intelligent person and his even more idotic parents? Come on Aussie Govt, start protecting Tiger sharks like you protect Great Whites.
   comment# 27   - Philip Kenny · Tai Po, Hong Kong · Nov 29, 2006 @ 7:52am

I have been deep sea fishing many times and really enjoy the experience of landing large fish. I have caught Large Marlin, but have found that the catch and release program is just as gratifying "or more" vs. dragging the dead fish to a peer and show off. In this case the father is setting this kid up to be this prodigy fisherman. The father is obviously trying to live his life through his kid. My suggestion to this father is: TAKE A VIDEO of your son catching the fish. Then if he feels the need to exploit his son, he can send it to the local news.
   comment# 28   - Scott · Cleveland, OH USA · Nov 29, 2006 @ 8:11am

You really are a bit of a prat sonny if you think this is cool. Go and learn to ride a skateboard or something
   comment# 29   - Robin · Oxford UK · Nov 29, 2006 @ 8:18am

At a loss for words. Scum, both of them.
   comment# 30   - Mark K · UK · Nov 29, 2006 @ 8:40am

For goodness sake mate.....! That marlin has probably been around longer than you........Then you come along and "KILL IT....!" What are you like!!!!!!!!!!?
   comment# 31   - Martin · Oxford U.K. · Nov 29, 2006 @ 9:27am

I echo Martin's comments. Surely you know it's wrong, or, do you not understand????
   comment# 32   - Carol · Portsmouth · Nov 29, 2006 @ 9:46am

i hope a nice big shark eats you alive.
   comment# 33   - Brewer · UK · Nov 29, 2006 @ 9:59am

I have a couple comments for the readers. Dave from Toronto, 2 less than intelligent fishermen from Australia does not give you the right to clump all Australians together--they are actually one of the best countries in preserving our species. Don't forget, you have one of the most barbaric seal hunts which takes place right in Canada bud! Matt from Washington DC, your the reason people hate Americans, put away your blow up doll and educate yourself! Stan Marsh South Park CO, Put down your snow board and bong and wake up! It's not about the fact that this is a kid, but more that his dad has tought him to be like this, he has no appreciation for these wonderful creatures, and he is going to grow up to raise his kids the same way! As far as the son and father of this story, the only satisfaction I got out of this story is the fact you both will realize someday that you took part in depriving this world and it's youth of these wonderful animals. I wish people like you 2 morons would go extinct
   comment# 34   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia PA, USA · Nov 29, 2006 @ 11:08am

As a fellow Australian, avid fisherman and naturalist I am appalled by this behaviour. We have masses of fellow australians now strongly espousing catch and release and "fishing for the next generation", and to see this sort of moronic (because really, it cannot be called anything else) behaviour is extremely upsetting and galling. At 14 he might just be a child who hopefully chnages the errors of his ways as he gets older, but his father should be ashamed of himself and hopefully strongly censured by all in the Cairns game-fishing community.
   comment# 35   - Mike Bruorton · Mt Gambier, Australia · Nov 29, 2006 @ 3:42pm

I realy hope these two idiots read these comments, what they have done is disgusting and they should be ashamed, catching it must have been a thrilling experience i know i used to be an angler myself until i took up diving, now i find it much much more exciting watching these magnificent creatures in their own environment, how long did your buzz last ? my buzz from diving will last me a lifetime, teach your son the value of life you barbaric fool, oh and by the way a 14 year old battling a half ton of fish for over an hour ? smells like bull.... to me pal
   comment# 36   - Sorcy · UK · Nov 29, 2006 @ 4:24pm

It is bad enough idiots catching sharks to just cut their fins off to make a bowl of soup but to catch one to get a trophy is beyond me. I blame the father, the kid probably just wants to be like his dad.
   comment# 37   - Kevin Waters · Sheffield, England · Nov 29, 2006 @ 8:18pm

As an avid outdoorsman (meaning: I hunt and fish), I congratulate this young man on his accomplishments, I could only dream of catching a fish like that. I do practice "catch and release" sometimes, but I do occasionally "hook and cook". I happen to like how fish tastes, and it is a good food too. It is the modern fisherman and hunters that are taking a beating from all the "tree-hugging hippies" out there. I am a firm believer that man has dominion over all things living. We do need to revise and revisit some of our methods of control, but for the most part if one abides by the laws and regulations in place the ecosystem is kept in balance. Maybe this young man should have released the fish, but what if the fish would have died anyhow? After a fish has been fighing for a while they cannot simply be put back in the water and expected to swim away, they have more than likely given all that they can to the fight, and will die soon afterward. Congrats
   comment# 38   - Aaron · Auburn, Nebraska, USA · Nov 29, 2006 @ 8:32pm

Eeveryone complains about one large fish being killed, but think of the bigger picture of the billions of tonnes of fish that are wasted as bycatch from commercial fishermen each year. If you eat fish, then you are funding the destruction of the ocean. Everyone does it.
   comment# 39   - R. Klein · Perth Western Australia · Nov 30, 2006 @ 12:34am

Whatever mate, take care of your problems with whales before you come to our shores criticizing what we do and we done.. besides it was a legal contest!
   comment# 40   - joel woods · melbourne , Australia · Nov 30, 2006 @ 1:12am

I've already registered my personal disgust at the behaviour of these people but I thought that I would post again having looked at the Cairns Professional Game Fishing Associations website. I quote directly two clauses from their Code of Practise; 3. Protect the marine environment and its natural resources. 6. Encourage catch and release fishing particularly all Billfish species. I wonder if this father & son pair, the skipper of the boat or the fishing club they belong to are members of the Cairms Professional Game Fishing Association and if so how this insane slaughter will be viewed by that body. I don't doubt that the disgust felt by people from abroad is also shared in Cairns and I hope that people on the ground locally will do all that they can to try to stop this senseless slaughter. Why in God's name did they have to kill this beautiful animal,I wouldn't for a second try to deny people the right to enjoy big game fishing, but just abide by the catch and release poliicy
   comment# 41   - Peter Draper · UK · Nov 30, 2006 @ 5:01am

If the time comes when you get yourself strapped to a cage so the sharks can rip you to pieces can you advertise it in the diver press so me and all my buddies can watch.
   comment# 42   - Mark James · · Nov 30, 2006 @ 6:31am

What is wrong with people anymore. Have their really become people that are so blood thirsty?? My husband and I fish and we eat what we catch but for big game fish we practice catch, tag and RELEASE...Lets just hope he doesnt have kids to pass on their neanderthal attitude to.
   comment# 43   - Susan · Miramar, FL USA · Nov 30, 2006 @ 10:38am

This is a response to Stan who say we should just admire the fish. It is widely accepted throughout the responsible fishing community to catch, photograph tag and release. A photograph is much more appealing than a dead rotting corpse. It makes the experience last longer. This is just plain wasteful.
   comment# 44   - Susan · Miramar, fl USA · Nov 30, 2006 @ 10:57am

editor: here's a follow up story out of australia Teen marlin fisherman gets death threats,23599,20849218-1702,00.html Teen reels from backlash,23739,20845478-5003406,00.html
   comment# 45   - Jeff Dudas · Miami, FL · Nov 30, 2006 @ 5:24pm

I have to agree with Aaron from Auburn, Nebraska. This was a magnificent fish. I have caught many large fish, released them just to see that they are dead in days. What is disgusting to me is that you people have to ridicule a 14 year old kid just for catching and unfortunately killing a fish. With a fish of that magnatude, you cannot weigh it on the boat. I am also sure that most of you think that all the fish that you eat comes from the store not the from the ocean. Commercial fishermen are the ones that are killing the ocean not private fishermen who keep a few fish.
   comment# 46   - Ethan · Missouri · Dec 2, 2006 @ 1:16pm

What a senseless, mindless act of pure destruction. In this day and age with forecasts of the seas being devoid of life within 50 years, how someone so young can be so selfish, callous and totally unthinking of the environment is beyond my comprehension. I thought the young of today had more respect for their environment. With children like this growing up with no thought for what they are doing to our planet and the creatures that live in it we are truly doomed to a very painful death. I am a diver and I see destruction of the seas first hand. I am truly sickened by this story and the image that it portrays to other young children. This boy is no hero, nothing to be looked up to or admired for his "achievement". This act of wanton destruction should be berated for the callus act that it is and this family should be shunned by anyone with even the commonest amount of decency or humility. VERY POOR SHOW.
   comment# 47   - Bryan Harrison · West Sussex, England · Dec 3, 2006 @ 4:49am

That's not barbaric. Even Barbarians only killed animals for food. I'm in utter disbelief how people can still think that way.
   comment# 48   - Peter · Scotland · Dec 3, 2006 @ 4:49am

Kudos to a great catch! A Trophy of a lifetime. To the rest of you- This was a mature fish that has had a liftime of reproduction in the open sea. Shame on all of ou for the negative and abusive comments to this young mate. What he did was LEGAL and within his rights. Why is it OK to to keep young cows in stalls that never see daylight and are so small that the animal can not move, and then be killed all in the name of a tastey meal. Thats disgusting and unmoral, and LEGAL.
   comment# 49   - K.J. Malone · Southampton,N.Y. USA · Dec 4, 2006 @ 5:14am

No, we are not 'Greenies' just ordinary people aware of the precarious state our sea are in. Take up scuba diving and WATCH the wild life, don't kill it. APPRECIATE your world, stop trying to tear it apart and destroy it. Do you agree with shark finning? What you are doing is the same senseless waste.
   comment# 50   - Chris |Jackson · Climping, England · Dec 4, 2006 @ 9:17am

This young lad has been abused by whoever taught him that killing for trophies is "cool" . How sad that these magnificent creatures have lived to such a size only to be killed by a boy for fun. The shark was probably 20 years old and at its prime, such an important apex predator is vital to the health of the seas. i do hope this boy's abuse is undone with some proper education by someone with a brain, not just testosterone .
   comment# 51   - Daren Mitchell · Lancing , England · Dec 4, 2006 @ 9:45am

I hope as this young kid grows up he pauses to relect on the reasons why his own kids will have inherited empty oceans, that once teemed with life. Shame he didn't have a father to teach him this.
   comment# 52   - sar · Caterham England · Dec 5, 2006 @ 9:45am

Is anyone surprised at the redneck attitude of these Aussies? That fish had more brains than the pair of them?
   comment# 53   - D. Martin · UK · Dec 5, 2006 @ 12:45pm

I'll tell you what pisses me off, is rear orifice holes like you all that leave very mean comments against a young person that has caught the fish of a lifetime. Dang, get a freaking life! I mean, you all are saying stuff like "I hope a shark eats you alive" yet you call the young man and his dad unintelligent? That's interesting, very interesting indeed.
   comment# 54   - Zakk · USA · Dec 5, 2006 @ 8:18pm

I see how many of you feel about using the carcass to feed the sharks, but would YOU really want to clean that fish? Would you? Would you want to have to cut it apart with a huge band saw because it is so gigantic? If not, exactly what homeless shelter would really take in a 1000 pound fish? Besides, with the fish weighing 1000 pounds and being predatory, I would just have to wonder if any of you would actually want to eat it, as it probably contains extremely high levels of mercury. Lastly, If y'all are all conserned so much about depleting the fish populations in the ocean, why get mad at this kid? Get mad at the commercial fishermen, who harvest so much that THEY are the ones who will run the oceans dry, using everything possible to catch as much as possible, THEY ARE TO BLAME, NOT RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN!!!!
   comment# 55   - Stu · Louisiana, USA · Dec 5, 2006 @ 8:26pm

I am in utter disbelief at the negative commets on this board. One should not attack this young SPORTSMAN! instead look to and criticize your government. What he did was 100% legal and a great accomplishment! I SUPPORT CONSERVATION! I DO NOT SUPPORT POACHING. You people have alot to say when it comes to gamefishing . I think you are picking on this kid! Use all this energy and start a board that will stop the SENSELESS killing of whales and cetaceans all over the world! do you eat EAT TUNA from a can? well guess what...thousands of dolphins have been killed for that can of fish! grow up people and stop beating on this young lad!
   comment# 56   - K.J. Malone · Southampton,N.Y. USA · Dec 6, 2006 @ 4:48am

To K.J Malone, I already read your first senseless post, I don't need to read another mindless post stating the same thing! It's not about the fact it was legal or illegal, there our a lot of things that are legal but it doesn't make them right. What people are mad about is that our oceans are in a state of emergency, every mature fish caught and killed makes a difference. And how do you know these people on the post aren't vegetarians and eat canned tuna, or that they don't write to thier governments and agencies, you don't! SO stop it with your stupid posts, your obviously missing the point as to why this angers the readers. It's wasteful, barbaric, senseless, and outdated! These same readers I'm sure care about the senseless killong of whales and cetaceans that is why they are on the sight to begin with, I wonder why you are?!
   comment# 57   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia PA · Dec 6, 2006 @ 11:25am

It may have been the Biggest but now it's dead it's no more. That means you probably will not see another like it. This is what happens to animals that poachers kill. One day there are none left and IT'S GONE forever. Why not just fish, catch, photo and let it go? And yes, I eat meat, worked in an abbatoir, wear leather and ain't perfect. The point is that you can't compare this with other things that happen, it's the individual act that you have to judge.
   comment# 58   - Paul Deverre · Hornchurch Essex England · Dec 7, 2006 @ 11:04am

REPLY TO BRENDAN MAAS- You've been stuck in the city so long you don't even know what the ocean looks like anymore! some kid catches a world record marlin and thats got you upset because your father never took you fishing! I for one will keep on fishing and hunting. Some of us make a living catching fish- Tuna, Marlin, Fluke, Striped Bass, Shark and I want to protect my right to do so. This fish has nothing to do with the "Emergency" state of our oceans! There is no catch and release when it comes to 1000 pound marlin. The fish was probably so stressed it would have never survived if it had been released.
   comment# 59   - K.J. Malone · Southampton,N.Y. USA · Dec 8, 2006 @ 5:22am

Unbelievable the lack of "brains", "common sense", and whatever else stupid comments you tree hugging, couch potato pencil pushers come up with. It is because of big game events, clubs and fisherman such as these guys that the awareness and conservation efforts are even in existence. Why don’t ya'll speak of something you know about rather than comment on something you have know clue. I hold a BS in Marine Science, am a Licensed Captain, take part in many conservation efforts and know all about the marine ecosystem and apex predators and "yada yada yada". It is all very important, but uncalled for in this circumstance.
   comment# 60   - Gotcha · BS Marine Science · Dec 8, 2006 @ 7:14am

K.J Malone, maybe in addition to educating yourself about the state of our oceans you should take a geography class as well. It's true I work and live in Philadelphia, which is a whole hour away from the Atlantic Ocean. I live and work in the summers down in Avalon New Jersey at the Weslyan Marine Animal Shelter. I go fishing with my family, and MY DAD frequently, usually for stripers, however we practice catch and release no matter how big the fish is! I suggest spending less time in the woods killing animals and proving your a man, and maybe using that time to enroll in college and getting yourself an education.
   comment# 61   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia PA · Dec 8, 2006 @ 11:01am

Gotcha - I would be interested in seeing where you recieved your B.S in Marine Science. Please post the school and year you graduated from so I can look it up, as well as your real name. As I'm sure your completely full of it! No educated person in the marine science world would put together such a poorly written post as you just did!
   comment# 62   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Dec 8, 2006 @ 11:07am

Awesome catch there. I hate these enviroMENTALis people who leave dirty comments. Keep up the good work
   comment# 63   - Catman · Tennessee, USA · Dec 10, 2006 @ 1:10pm

Comments like Catmans are just as useless as this boy's father in parenthood. Congrats, u have officially failed to do your job. Can you teach your kid something useful for a change? That is just disgusting. Killing fish, lions, ect for fun is like so last century and we all know that we can't even take the car down tescos and not feel guilty about leading such a life of waste. And the next generation is supposed to do better than we did so far because obviously we failed. And now I have to read a story about a 14!!!year old behaving like 18th century captain Ahab. Makes me feel physical sick to see what you've done there little boy.
   comment# 64   - D Fox · London · Dec 18, 2006 @ 5:11am

good on you alex. I have been trying to congratulate you since reading the article in our Sunshine Coast daily. I too have fished 'the big ones' and tagged and released anything that did not look like a record. only ignorant people don't know the skill it takes, the patience and dedication to follow a dream. the crew can measure the size of the marlin (as you and I know)with the tagging pole and they are so experienced we always tag and release the ones not qualifiying. would like to have your contact number as I have had my letter of congratulations returned from the Cairns G.F.C
   comment# 65   - fay houghton ( marsh) · australia · Dec 19, 2006 @ 10:09pm

to KJ Malone Southhampton NY USA How little you know about marlin fishing, tag and release is the scientific way these days. open your mind a little, picture the depth and width of the ocean, the small boat, the small boy, the small bait, the strength of the marlin (1091 lbs) the breaking strain of the line used breaks at 150 lb, or didn't you take that into consideration, the marlin can "throw a hook" by shaking its head, the line can break and if so the tension on the hook releases and the acids in the stomack of the marlin eats out the hook very quickly, if hooked further down than the bill as sometimes happens. I am a lady angler and have released more fish than I have boated because they were not a lady's record. the caught and registered marlin after weighing are returned to the deep and so recylcing goes on as the little fish have a feed as well as gigger fish. stop being silly and look more at the killing of whales, penquins for fish oil, and seals.
   comment# 66   - fay houghton ( marsh) · australia · Dec 19, 2006 @ 10:21pm

You stink I have come to like and respect Australian sportsmen and women, you by you selfish act have besmerched your nation and national sporting prowess of all AUSTRALIANS. You are only young and you have time to think about your cruel vile actions and redeem yourself, unfortunatly this does not apply to those that helped you. If you have any love of wild life perhaps you could appologise on this website for the anguish and agony you have caused to so many across the world. What is wrong with catch and release? I love fish I keep them swim/dive with them and take their pictures. Why dont you learn to dive and do the same?
   comment# 67   - LeslieJ Steggles · uk · Dec 20, 2006 @ 3:20am

What a disgusting story. Could this father be more irresponsible encouraging his son to catch and kill big "game" - where is the respect for creatures going. Makes me sick.
   comment# 68   - Kate · Brighton · Dec 21, 2006 @ 2:45am

I think all of you tree huggers out there should give this kid and his dad a break. I think the kid deserves a pat on the back. I sure there are worse things he could be doing with his time. He doesnt appear to be out doing drugs and stealing peoples property. Quit judging, I'm quite sure none of you are perfect.
   comment# 69   - Mark · Discovery Bay, USA · Dec 31, 2006 @ 11:54pm

Response to Mark. This is terrible, that marlin has managed to live for that long and then minding it's own business and suddenly gets caught by this little kid and doesnt even come to any use except for their pleasure to see it get ripped to shreds by sharks. You should know that this planet is not just ours..this is really wrong.
   comment# 70   - David Schutzer · UK · Jan 11, 2007 @ 5:50am

MARK!!!!! No one is saying that anyone is perfect! That isn't the point of everyone's concern here! It's ignorant people like yourself who condone stuff like this, which is making conservation efforts very hard. Comparing a kid doing drugs or stealing, to an environmental issue is just silly. These animals have been on our planet a lot longer then you or I, and have equal right to enjoy it. We don't need some thrill seeking teen, taking pride in killing a majestic animal that has probably been on this planet 4 to 5 times longer then him. Take some time before writing your next post genius!
   comment# 71   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Jan 17, 2007 @ 10:50am

Gee, look! junior just killed a breeding female. And people talk about the dumbing down of america? Looks like it's world wide. Talk about stupid. Marlin is very tasty and not found in stores. you could have SOLD it.. but nooo you had to feed it to sharks. why? For what purpose? try catch and tagging. that way if the fish is caught again there's scientific records that are useful. instead of wasteful. Become part of the solution and not part of the problem. NOW. before it's too late.
   comment# 72   - Siara Kerrigan · Sacramento, CA · Jan 26, 2007 @ 5:21pm

Okay, I've got to give the kid credit for his strength. However, it could have been put to much better use doing something else. Feeding it to the sharks wasn't very smart. And once they are gone, they're gone. There's a slim-to-none chance you could ever bring the species back unless you clone them or find a way to keep them in captivity. Do you understand what happened to the buffalo in America?
   comment# 73   - Bekah · Henderson, Nevada · Jan 31, 2007 @ 12:14pm

The seed doesn't fall far from the tree, eh? What a couple of wankers. What kind of imbecile would actively work to destroy the fish populations that he depends on for his livelihood? Only a wank.
   comment# 74   - Vox Populii · USA · Feb 1, 2007 @ 3:53pm

G'day mate. I'd like to congratulate on your actions. Alot of people wouldn't understand why a bloke would actively destroy the fish populations he depends on for his charter business to survive. But I do. We did the same thing with those pesky bison over in these parts. Good riddance to 'em I say. Cheers.
   comment# 75   - Buffalo Bill Cody · Great Plains, USA · Feb 1, 2007 @ 4:21pm

I found this article because I was searching for records of Black Marlin cought on 30lb tackle. Yesterday my dad SMSed me to say he had just cought and RELEASED a 150kg marlin on 30lb tackle at Hemmingways Kenya. The fight lasted 3.5 hours. Your slaughter of breeding stock marlin on the heaviest gear in Cairns waters is atrocious! We won't be planning that dream trip there anymore!! It doesn't take skill to haul in a big tiger either.
   comment# 76   - Vaughan Bramwell-Jones · Pretoria, South Africa · Feb 1, 2007 @ 11:50pm

I wonder how many of you clowns from the UK have eaten fish and chips in the last week or two? I'll bet that commercial fishing does a hell of a lot more damage to the ocean in a day than that kid will ever do if he lives to be a hundred. Enjoy your soap box hypocrites.
   comment# 77   - Denis Dixon · New Baltimore, MI, USA · Feb 2, 2007 @ 5:07pm

you know... after seeing the pics and reading this... could you honestly say that you blame sharks for attacking people?? shoot, if some kid killed my mom, i would freakin go after his rear orifice and eat him whole!!
   comment# 78   - ana · u.s. · Feb 5, 2007 @ 11:04am

What a beutiful fish and story right up until they destroyed it. Ignorance here is the greatest crime. That I am not one for more government but this fish is a national treasure and belongs to (in a sense) to all of us. We loaned it to him and in a blatant effort to show his disrespect for the "greenies" as Skipper Graham calls them he murdered it. Why? He shows no ethics or morals. His license to fish and skipper should be taken away from him before he does more harm and perhaps his son should be put in the care of foster parents who would teach him respect.
   comment# 79   - Judson Somerville MD · Laredo, Texas · Feb 10, 2007 @ 8:42pm

Unbelievable stupidity
   comment# 80   - John Hourston · London · Feb 13, 2007 @ 5:31am

This is an appalling story and both the boy and his father should be ashamed of themselves. There is absolutely no excuse to kill a 5m marlin female or not. This type of game fishing incurs what is now know as Darwinian Debt. We deplete the genetic pool by killing the largest of the species. Game fishing of all types should be banned,catch and release stresses the fish and they may easily die once put back into the ocean. Lets hope that people will read all the above comments and educate their children to value the oceans resources.
   comment# 81   - AG · Kaohsiung · Feb 13, 2007 @ 11:12am

Can you imagine Big Game hunters killing lions then getting them weighed back at camp ? No of course not in this day and age. Since it happens in the seas no one gives a damn. That WAS a magnificent animal and to kill it was such a waste but unfortunatley not a crime. Your dad maybe proud of you but most on here certainly are not. You need to change your outlook in life and come out of the dark ages quickly
   comment# 82   - Paul · Reading, UK · Feb 13, 2007 @ 12:15pm

Shame,Shame,Shame!!!! Stupid fools destroying our worlds assets. I bet you they chucked all there rubbish out at sea. While catching these beatiful apex predators. Go diving and you'll see what majority fisherman do to the seas. Rape and Pillage!
   comment# 83   - Aaron · Sydney Australia · Feb 13, 2007 @ 3:38pm

There's proof that fishes don't have a growth limit... that thing had to be at least 20+ feet long. Really, what are they trying to concerve here by killing that wonderful marlin for public ridicule? How often is it that we see a fish that big? What are they justifying here!?
   comment# 84   - DJW · San Antonio, United States · Feb 14, 2007 @ 1:57pm

what is up with having those sharks eat it? thats terrible. i love fish and anything in the ocean and to just kill it and let sharks come up to eat it just because they wanted to get in a cage and watch she sharks? i mean come on.
   comment# 85   - lynne · sarasota, florida · Feb 16, 2007 @ 9:41am

you no wat im tired of all u greenies sayin "oh people who keep and kill sharks or marlins or any other type of big game animal is a less than intelligent person or a person that doesnt have respect for the animal" you people make me sick this kid deserves that trophy..i bet none of the people on here could do what that kid did... i am a big land based shark fishermen i have cuaght many a shark many well over ten foot and yes i have kept some.. some for the table n some because they tired out or died in the fight n then if that happens i give the shark to the local fish and game for scientific reserch..n besides the fish was old n was gonna die if not to the sea then by another humans hand.
   comment# 86   - Dalton Hilton · fredricksburgh,virginia · Feb 20, 2007 @ 1:52pm

This hero needs to go to a warzone. Put him against something that is on equal terms and would fight back. pulling a fish in with a mechanical winch ain't scat.
   comment# 87   - Raymond Ng · Apia, Samoa · Feb 23, 2007 @ 4:43pm

What an excellent experience mate i'm absolutely jealous. Don't listen to all these fool critics mate becuase they obviously forget that watching sharks feed on that beauty of a fish is giving back to the ocean anyway. We can't all stop our favourite pastimes because of a bunch of idealistic morons. Saying that I personally hope you guys still practice moderation. Keep up the fun times.
   comment# 88   - Peter Wright · brisbane, Australia · Mar 7, 2007 @ 11:38pm

eeeey why doesn't everybody just give the poor kid a break, only 14 and probably doesn't know any better. Seriously BACK OFF you bunch of bullies, there are better ways of fighting globalization and destruction of wildlife. Oh and pete, we say mate but we dont write it obsesively, dont overplay the aussie scene. Also everybody, keep in mind the kid will probably never read all your comments, he did not post it here! Dom, Melbourne.
   comment# 89   - dom · melb, aus · Mar 20, 2007 @ 3:50am

I can't even catch a legal size flounder like we used to 20 years ago. And on the rare occasion that I do ~ I release it unharmed. What a waste! It has nothing to do with being a "Greenie"...dork.
   comment# 90   - SPENCE · Denville US · Mar 30, 2007 @ 10:24am

Ya know, it's so very sad! To think that awesome and beautiful creature fought for his life for over an hour. How painful!!!!! A hook is in your mouth and your being pulled away from your home!!! To think that this is considered a sport and a big accomplishment is just HORRID! I mean I know people fish and thats fine and dandy but, to kill a fish that is that big and that awesome is CRAZY!!! When I fish (which is never) I ALWAYS let this fish back in the water. I don't like seafood period and why kill to kill? So sad! I personally thing there should be someone who watches out for people that are catching and killing animals as such as these and that it should be a crime! They would put you in jail if you stole something and were caught, and they did steal something that can never be replaced, and yet they were applauded. thats just SICK! Thats all I have to say.
   comment# 91   - lissa · somewhere down in the lonestar state. · Mar 30, 2007 @ 2:51pm

Correct me if I'm wrong but I think you need to kill your catch if you're planning on claiming a record. The bit after that with the sharks wasn't a wise move - maybe the committee that set the records should reject his claim.
   comment# 92   - Tim · Cambridge, UK · Apr 3, 2007 @ 6:02am

you sad bastards killing such a amazing creature just to use it as shark bait what a waste!
   comment# 93   - thustler · Bradford,uk · Apr 5, 2007 @ 11:02am

i belong to P.E.T.A( People.Eating.Tasty.Animals) and I dont see anything wrong with keeping a record fish. Im sorry to tell you guys this but there is more than ONE fish out there. grow up. there are millions of fish out there and you guys are having heartattacks over one fish. Jelious? must be.......Keep On Keeping The Fish! They are tasty!
   comment# 94   - Rebelman · harrisburg usa · Apr 17, 2007 @ 10:49pm

REBELMAN - Let me tell you, you sound like one intelligent redneck! You need to grow up, and educate yourself while your at it. If you had the education to follow what is going on with our oceans and thier inhabitants you would realize, that every mature big game fish is crucial to that animals survival. Plain and simple, it has gotten that bad!
   comment# 95   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Apr 19, 2007 @ 10:27am

There is much worse to worry about affecting sea life than a couple of fisherman. I would venture a guess that most of you crying about this story are regurgitating someone else’s opinions or basing your own opinions on obtuse facts that spin towards your own point of view on marine biology. The shame is not on these folks enjoying a day of fishing and showing pride in their fishing prowess it is with you whiners out there jumping the gun before finding out all the facts. These same people you condemn probably belong to and contribute time and money to some marine conservation organization and therefore contribute more to the oceans than you self-righteous demagogues. Truly you people are pathetic. You own no moral high ground. Which reminds me of an old saying that for every finger you point at another there are three pointing right back at you. Choke on that.
   comment# 96   - Paul Stevens · Rockledge, FL · Apr 30, 2007 @ 8:48am

So what that he caught an enormous marlin or shark. If you all really think that killing a couple huge fish is extinction then, one might say that extinction happens everyday to some sort of fish. And if his father and him want to watch it getting eaten then BIG DEAL, because if I got a chance to see sharks as fierce as they are, devouring another animal then I would take it most definitely. It’s the circle of life so get over it.
   comment# 97   - S.T. · Charlotte, U.S. · May 9, 2007 @ 10:31am

Congrats on the catch. Awesome fish especially for such a young boy. I don't know why you could'nt just let it go if you had no expectations of this fish for food. Not cool to just throw it the sharks and waist such a beautiful fish though. At least make an effort next time to see to it that the meat is used, give it to the poor or something.
   comment# 98   - Joe M. · corpus christi, tx · Jun 3, 2007 @ 2:29am

Great catch, and what an adventure. This is what living is all about. This giant fish maybe had another year left and the guess what fish food anyway. You people need to get out of the house off the couch and into reality, none of us are going to be here very long, "our lives are but vapors" Reel fishing is not going to deplete the seas of anything, go after the big fisheries in the major foreign countries and leave families alone that are living adventures.
   comment# 99   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 5, 2007 @ 4:58pm

Im wondering what's a bigger achievment, his son killing that magificant creature or when he had a cameo role playing his banjo in Deliverance ?
   comment# 100   - Richard · SanDiego, Ca · Jun 22, 2007 @ 1:09pm

Don't get mad at the kid; I was like that when I was 13. But my father kept me in line and prevented me from doing something as stupid as trpohy fishing a huge marlin, killing it and then watching sharks tear it apart. Maybe his dear old dad should get a taste of those tiger sharks........
   comment# 101   - Norm Cerny · Toronto Canada · Jun 25, 2007 @ 11:51pm

Here we go another Norm, putting fish life in front of human life, 2 in a row. Unless of coarse you meant a taste of those tigers sharks by Dad eating them, they are quite good cooked right.
   comment# 102   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 26, 2007 @ 7:16am

Perhaps I am misinformed. The main reason I took issue with the idea of killing and "wasting" this huge fish was that I was "afraid" it was a good breeder. The idea of removing large fish that could spawn new generations is stupid. Period.(anyone want to argue this?)But I admit I do not know if this fish was capable of mating again. Was it a good breeder? Am I worried for nothing? Who here knows the answer to my question? Oh, and Rob Rolin- if the fish in the ocean die - we'll all die.
   comment# 103   - Norm Cerny · Toronto Canada · Jul 7, 2007 @ 8:20pm

Do you think people catching fish by rod and reel fishing is going to kill all the fish in the ocean?And what about the other fish in the ocean do they need to eat?What do they eat. If you are looking for a cause to help our marine eco-system go after commercial fishing who kill and waste fish by the tons. Advocating the death of this remarkable boys dad by tiger sharks because he caught a marlin and fed it to sharks is idiotic and fanatical, it's not much different then the taliban wanting to kill women if they learn to read or islamic fundementalists wanting to kill anyone from the west, or the kkk wanting to kill african americans. Keep on fishing it's great family sport
   comment# 104   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jul 8, 2007 @ 3:23pm

oh and Norm,if you really are interested in marlin fishing or conservation try going to AIMS RESEARCH BLACK MARLIN DISTIBUTION It's has most info known about black marlin, it also mentions an increase in marlin stock near Austalian waters. KOFIGFS
   comment# 105   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jul 8, 2007 @ 4:04pm

marlin are great sport fish, but you drag a world record fish to watch it be devoured by shark what a waste. that's wrong when people are starving so you go feed the sharks 900 lbs of marlin
   comment# 106   - adam · usa · Jul 26, 2007 @ 6:28am

why didnt you get it stuffed, instead feeding it too those worthless sharks.what a waste.
   comment# 107   - william · rochester,usa · Aug 3, 2007 @ 12:44pm

well if the kid and his dad filleted the fish and ate it for however many months i can understand this i've gone out with friends and caught several mahimahi but we cut them up and still have several pounds left in my 500gal freezer its cheaper this way than market bought
   comment# 108   - BaronFeyd · sorrysota · Aug 7, 2007 @ 8:45am

I'm pretty sure he didn't catch that, he's got girl arms
   comment# 109   - Prof. Musscel face · killopolis · Aug 9, 2007 @ 10:31am

I really think it was a stupid idea to teach a 13 yr old kid to waste such a fish. Perhaps my original comments were a bit harsh. However I think Rob Rolin is a complete jerk to compare me to an islamic fundamentalist/ terrorist. (Why didn't you just point at me and call me a "witch"?) I think that if the fish had been left to rot on a beach and was picked at by seagulls lots of people would have been really upset and made comments. As a lifelong hunter and fisherman I have a profound disrespect for anyone who deliberately kills and wastes wild meat.
   comment# 110   - Norm Cerny · Toronto Canada · Aug 16, 2007 @ 8:56pm

Hey Norm, your disrespect for anyone who kills and wastes wild meat is understandable and I agree with this opinion. Calling you a witch is not a feasible reply since that is a fictional character of an over zealous imagination. Islamic fundamentalist/terrorist on the other hand wish the deaths of people they disagree with everyday, and so by stating that this boys Father should Maybe die by tiger sharks,( "MAYBE his dear old Dad should get a taste of those tiger sharks"), because you disagree with his actions against this FISH does in fact put you in that class of people haters. Even though I did state "it's not much different than " if the shoe fits ! These kinds of comments only hurt conservation efforts in my opinion because reasonable people tend to think whackos put fish first .Now the sharks got the best of this deal anyway. Keep on fishing it's great family sport
   comment# 111   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska,Texas · Aug 18, 2007 @ 7:53pm

Nice comments folks. Wow, we really are an aggresive species...towards each other. Look at it like this, yah, it was too bad that such an incredible creature was treated so poorly. I totally agree. However, are you aware of the fact that the beautiful Orca's are still harversted by our friends the Norwegians and eaten? Eww. Are you aware that many of our neighbors (meaning around the world including my own great country)don't always follow the rules of intelligence? By this I mean,there is trophy hunting everywhere and I don't like it but maybe that means I need to change it instead of just being appauled by it. Leave the Aussies alone, they are an excellent country with truly excellent people. I know because I've lived there and please, leave Croc Hunter alone will yah? He's the reason my children are such animal activists and why my daughter plans on attending the University of Hawaii's Marine Program (by the way, she's only 11 and feels this passion). Let's all take a deep breath and learn from this instead of hating from this. Di
   comment# 112   - Diana · Murray USA · Sep 7, 2007 @ 10:07am

hello i myself work on a fishing boat but for those two fools just to kill those 2 big fish just for a picture, i say grow up. You are both losers and its people like you that are going to stop my grandkids enjoying the sea and all its animals...
   comment# 113   - hayden · austraila queensland · Nov 13, 2007 @ 2:29am

It wasn't just for a picture, Hayden. It was for an experience of a lifetime, a world record, lasting memories for a father and son, the holy grail of big game fishing!!WOW , What an adventure! and fed the sharks too! Keep on fishing its great family sport!
   comment# 114   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Nov 13, 2007 @ 8:24pm

ummmmmmmmmm hahahaha first of all after catching that marlin it wouldn't have survived after the fight. too much loss of oxygen. and they had to tow it in they didn't put it on the deck of the boat for christ sake. whats the point of fishing if your not going to catch something? and when you hook something huge don't you want to see what the hell it is? I amhappy for them. Now what i don't agree with is what they did with it. They should have either ate it, stuffed it, or donated it to science for study. although watching tiger sharks tear apart a carcass from a few feet away in a shark cage under water is cool the fish could have been put to better use
   comment# 115   - louie · usa · Nov 18, 2007 @ 9:23pm

Holly @^#$@%^#$ that's fing awesome but really take better photos next time, imagine the size of the "Marlin Steak" probably would have tasted scat anyway, i have no idea about big marlin anyway
   comment# 116   - Dave · Perth, Australia · Dec 30, 2007 @ 9:30pm

You so called educated people believe everything you read and see on TV. Why don't you go out and see for yourselves the multitudes of these creatures. Where are the tough Brits of the 40s. Denver freaks stay up in the mountains and take another hit on your bong. Thank god there are still some real men ( Austrailians ) raising strong young men like Alex to save our arses.
   comment# 117   - Jeff Lebowski · Ft. Laud, USA · Jan 3, 2008 @ 9:14am

Awesome catch, but too bad you treated it as such. I am an avid fisherman as well and seeing such an amazing animal swim away after catching it is an even greater feeling to know that it will live on. Senselessly throwing it to the sharks - what a pitty. I understand that in order to ge the record you need to bring it in and document it, but really, who cares about a damn record. Fishing is something that you enjoy with friends and to experience a thrill for yourself - not to get your name in the papers. I hope you think about it next time you hook a giant or any game fish for that matter. Good luck fishing!
   comment# 118   - Mark · Barcelona, Spain · Jan 16, 2008 @ 2:34am

Well, I will say that the animal should have been released. And if you brought it in anyways there was no need to watch sharks rip it apart. I will give you congrats though because it does take skill. Not that I am agreeing with what you did of course. Also I will say right now before someone points it out. My spelling SUCKS, now for anybody that still wants to make fun of it go ahead it will give me entertainment to see what you can come up with
   comment# 119   - . . . D? · West Virginia, Core · Feb 7, 2008 @ 3:32am

This kid has already caught NINETY-SEVEN marlin. I hope he didn't waste all the rest of them like he did this one. One is bad enough. Also, why are you encouraging him to "keep on fishing"? He's already done enough damage.
   comment# 120   - J-Diver · Los Angeles, CA · Feb 26, 2008 @ 4:58pm

J-Diver" He's already done enough damage" You do more damage to the environment when you drive your car every day than this boy has done fishing. I've been to L.A it usually looks cloudy because of all the emissions. I encourage everyone to fish and especially young people. It is a great outdoor activity and gives them an alternative to drugs, partying and other less desirerable activities. Why would you say this was a waste? Did the sharks not consume this fish? Don't they have to eat also? Don't fish of all sizes get eaten every day by other fish , birds, marine mammals, land carnivores and humans? Get over it, and keep on fishing!!
   comment# 121   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Feb 28, 2008 @ 7:29pm

ya Robert Rolin, fish eat other fish. It's nature... it's not natural when humans kill them and feed them. And using fishing as an alternative to drugs?? lol!!! why can't the kid be playing a real sport like football or basketball or something that can occupy his time and keep him healthy? Maybe something that doesn't involve killing a defenseless creature!! And you keep calling these pro-life people wacko's!?! You just think that because they have good morals and you don't. I mean, take a look at the responses.. I think majority are against the whole ordeal. So maybe your the wacko??? Honestly,.. Was your dad a serial killer er something?? Did you get abused as a child?? Why are you such a prick?
   comment# 122   - nate · canada · Apr 22, 2008 @ 12:43am

nate from Canada,Are humans not part of nature? These (what you call pro-life,pro-fish life, people want this boy or his father to die or be harmed for legal fishing, yep, thats what I call a whacko! you call that good morals? Fishing is a great sport, and this marlin is by no means a defenseless animal.Why are you such an less than intelligent person? is it the cold air?what a joke!
   comment# 123   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Apr 22, 2008 @ 5:49pm

Gawd, will the teaching to waste ever stop? It's bad enough that children are being taught to trophy fish, but then to waste it? That big marlin was capable of MILLIONS of babies and was possibly 100 years old. Marlin are very slow to reach maturity. If a trophy fisherman catches, wins big bucks, then maybe gives the fish to a homeless shelter, just think of all the good the deed could produce. Instead, the kid is taught to take out the oldest, largest fish you can find, slaughter it, then all for more sport and cheap thrills, let's feed it to the sharks, which is then training sharks to come to cages full of people to look for food. BRILLIANT stupidity knows no bounds.
   comment# 124   - VK · Oahu, Hawaii · Apr 23, 2008 @ 1:41am

Wow, what a catch!! Why didn't you mount the trophy? I guess when you think about it, it is more wasteful to mount a fish than it is to feed other fish with it. Just seems a little idiotic to not want to keep this trophy fish, and simply feed it to the sharks. Dont lose your photo, or the fish will be gone for good. Nice catch though! WOW!
   comment# 125   - Linden Pike · Florida, USA · Apr 29, 2008 @ 2:38pm

Kid, your Dad's a dropkick. It's people like your Dad that make me ashamed to be an Australian. Hopefully one day your Dad will get that operation to make downstairs a little bigger and then he won't need to tell stories of killing animals for no reason to make himself feel like more of a man. You might as well see how many people you can kill for fun, what's the difference?
   comment# 126   - Mick Golubovic · Adelaide, South Australia · May 7, 2008 @ 9:43pm

Congratulations on a fine catch. On all the negativity you are recieving pay it no mind. People who catch and release Sport Fish such as Marlin, Sailfish and Tarpon fight these very large creatures to exhaustion and guess what is hanging around waiting fo an easy meal? Sharks of course. Here at Port Charlotte in the Bocca Grande pass during the annual Tarpon migration the Great Hammerhead Sharks school up in wait for a hooked Tarpon as an easy meal. So what is the difference for what you did? None. Good Fishing my young friend and keep up the good work setting records.
   comment# 127   - Michael Bolin · Port Charlotte, Fl USA · May 9, 2008 @ 3:58am

Great stuff. What a catch!!. That would have been a great trophy.
   comment# 128   - Jaques · Cape town, South Africa · May 13, 2008 @ 9:49am

I have to say this is a great catch congrats although I think you should of released it and just videoed it, but its an old fish and would probably of died soon anyway
   comment# 129   - I crawford · UK · May 20, 2008 @ 10:19am

When you consider that the fishing rights to The Great Barrier Reef were fought for by the Cairns Marlin Fleet, Game Fishing "war'in 1979. introducing the 200 mile limit.They know what they are doing it is their life. This young man earned his trophy fish but the experienced captain would not have encouraged slaughter. It is a fair fight. Yes she was an old breeder but all 'granders are' and they are very rare to catch that size. I knew a guy who fished 12 years before even seeing one. The fact that the sharks ate it and Alex watched, well.. hello... who else was there. have you ever been to the G.B.R Its miles from no where, if you have record a fish to weigh, you run like mad to the scales, then at night the dead fish is tied up to be dropped off next day out at sea. In 1973 I saw 8 giant tigersharks climbing over two dead marlin. They really sounded like tigers. and in the end the marlin were 'apple cored' just a back bone. tail and head. The Government was going to sell the rights to all the GBR fishing for $1.4 million. The marlin boats stood up to protect the marlin and the 200 mile limit was later introduced. The marlin captains like do not like to kill, that was a record. Greenies settle down. this is life.. a young man became a warrior. He will not need that again. Good Luck young Man. Annette
   comment# 130   - · Gold Coast Australia · May 24, 2008 @ 4:43am

Thank you Annette for these facts and your post. It is good to read sensible comments and factual accounts. Keep on fishing it's great family sport.
   comment# 131   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · May 24, 2008 @ 10:08pm

Catch and release makes more sense.. If you want to feed yourself, cook the Marlin...... If you want to feed the sharks, throw chum. Congrats on the catch, but next time try and have a little more class son. Jeez
   comment# 132   - Ryan C · Houston, USA · May 27, 2008 @ 8:06am

Excellent work young man, hope ya got lots of pics, coz you have just emptied the ocean of one great breeder, all in the name of fun, proud of ya.
   comment# 133   - David · Australia · Jun 3, 2008 @ 12:21am

whats the problem with killing the fish? its just a shark. sharks kill people so i think we should kill sharks. that shark was a beast too, you would be retarded not to kill it.
   comment# 134   - steven · alabama · Jun 14, 2008 @ 10:26pm

David from down under sounds like another whiner with no knowledge.
   comment# 135   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Jun 17, 2008 @ 5:12pm

97 Marlin alone killed for sport by a 15 year old kid, how many more will he kill for fun by the time he's 30. How many more does he need to kill to fill that empty bottomless cup of pride or ego or fame or whatever it is that drives him to do this. I have been a keen fisherman for over 20 years and the one thing that unites us fishermen together is respect for life within the waters. We take only what we need to feed ourselves or to feed our family, I have killed plenty of fish through my carelessness but I take no enjoyment from it and realise what I did was wrong. This is what we call respect, it has to be earn and gained along the way by learning from our mistakes. As long as the traditions of his father's fathers are passed down to him and he does the same for his children, there is no means to and end to this meanlingless sacrifice of one of the world most beautiful creatures and this is just one them. We can't stop him his friends or the people that support him which always seem to be the minority but the minority have the power for some reason. The power to catch these amazing creatures day after day after day and then jump in a cage and watch sharks rip it to pieces and why? Because they can, and in doing so, spit in the faces of everyone who actually gives a scat.
   comment# 136   - dAMo · Nice, France · Jul 2, 2008 @ 11:27am

That was senseless killing that big of a fish, Im a fisherman to but i dont kill senselesly
   comment# 137   - Allan · Ladoga IN · Jul 2, 2008 @ 4:14pm

This was not senseless killing. IT WAS TROPHY FISHING. What an awesome way to grow up. Hug a tree, but dont wipe your eyes with kleenex,it was made from pulp.
   comment# 138   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jul 11, 2008 @ 6:04pm

Red neck ozzy cowboys. At least eat the bloody thing if you are going to bring it in. Surely such a magnificent speciemen is worthy of being tagged and released. Mindless slaughter.
   comment# 139   - Jamie Forsman · Tauranga New Zealand · Jul 18, 2008 @ 7:20am

Looks likt the Vic Hislop mentallity is till alive and well in Australia.
   comment# 140   - Jimmy Jones · Taranaki, New Zealand · Jul 18, 2008 @ 7:27am

Such a waste, and a loss. Sport? I call it needless killing. Proud parent ? Surely you jest there. I would have been appalled at one of my children having no sense of caring or respect for such a grand find. If anything, admiration for the life and age of such a catch would have been worthy of letting it return to it's home in peace to live out the rest of it;s life. Proud?? Try SHAME on for size.
   comment# 141   - song_sung_blue · Tyler, Texas USA · Jul 28, 2008 @ 3:43pm

this is senseless killing, I would be haunted for the rest of my life if I killed such a creature
   comment# 142   - jb · dallas tx · Aug 3, 2008 @ 6:56am

Haunted by ghost fish?
   comment# 143   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska TX · Aug 3, 2008 @ 7:38pm

as an active member of the sportfishing community, you should ALWAYS catch and release billfish with ONE exception, a world record. i don't blame this kid or his father for dragging the damn world record back to the dock, i would too. they said the kid has caught almost a hundred marlin in his life, they did't say he kept all of them. i seriously doubt they kept many if any of them, especially with his father being a charter captin. the only time marlin are kept is if they're records or the fish is not going to survive, which with most fish over 1,000lbs, they're not going to make it because its too much stress on such a massive animal. plus the fish that are that big are just plain old and are on their last leg anyway. happy fishing
   comment# 144   - coleman · corpus christi, tx / haleiwa, hi · Aug 5, 2008 @ 11:18am

Let's keep it real folks. Trophy fishing has a real name -- EGO STROKING. I am a fisherman, but only keep what my family can eat. I know the really big ones are not keepers, but BREEDERS. I am not feeling so small I need to fight a fish for hours just to get my name on some dumb-rear orifice list, picture taken to know I'm a man and take care of my family. I also know a marlin of that size didn't need to be killed and fed to sharks. They don't need help finding their food, and the moron who said they eat people needs to get educated. Sharks take care of the ocean, eating sick, dying and dead, that's their job. People who get BITTEN get in the way. That marlin probably had been around for 100 years or more, and so far was healthy or she would not have been so big, fought for so long just to stay alive. I blame the old man. A good father would teach animals have a right to live, not be caught and cheer the slaughter in the way they did. Out here we also tag and release. Marlin as well as others are not on the planet for sport of small gonad fisherman needing to feel big. Those fish trot the planet and in their own right deserve and need to be here. Why is that the biggest fish ever caught? World record? Because they've been fished out! That's a no brainer. Whose fault is that, I wonder?
   comment# 145   - Kimo · Hawaii · Aug 16, 2008 @ 8:08pm

dude that's a huge fish dude where did you catch it at because i want to go and catch me a couple of them thing;s how big are is that fish
   comment# 146   - lol · palm city · Aug 22, 2008 @ 7:07am

If you really think something like this shouldn't be done, why don't you make an effort to stop it? All your really doing is sitting your couch potato rear orifice on a computer and whining about it. Here's a tip: GET OUT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
   comment# 147   - Mike · Vancouver · Sep 4, 2008 @ 9:29pm

This is appalling that all the negetive comments have been directly targeting this indivual young gun fisherman. he has caught 97 marlin at the time of writing and he has released 90 % of these fish. Now i pose this question i want every person who has blasted this young fisherman to pick up 20 kg of extra weight and run flat out for 75 mins. At the end of this you will see how tired you become.the marlin will be twice as tired as this. At least that it was recongised at the weigh station then letting it go just to sink to the bottom and be eaten by sharks. Ok ive had a breath. What is one fish compared to the 7000 tonnes of one species of marlin that are taken by japanese commercial fisherman in australian waters and this is only in one state, NSW.I have caught one marlin and this took lots of time and effort to get. it is not everyday that you go out and hook a 1000 pnd fish so when you do you should take pride and honour in it.The fish i caught weighed 78 kg and gave us food for 6mnths. Although they didnt eat this fish it wouldve killed them if they had. the amount of mercury would be deadly even in a 100 gram piece. Congratulations on the great fish. i am looking forward to the ratchet wailing and my 1000 pnd fish jumping around the boat. I know how hard the fish fight and they will all be released except for outstanding fish like these and other record claims. Peace and much respect.
   comment# 148   - matt · newcastle australia · Sep 28, 2008 @ 2:56am

That is a great fish and don't let anyone tell you otherwise all these negative comments are coming mostly from hippies so I would ignore them
   comment# 149   - Brad Thomas · Australia · Oct 20, 2008 @ 2:20am

   comment# 150   - X · SPAIN · Oct 31, 2008 @ 6:05pm

Most of these negative comments seem to come from our urban dwelling cousins who think because they buy 'dolphin friendly' canned tuna they can take the moral high ground on what happens in our oceans. You've got your supermarkets in London or New York or wherever but the ocean is our refrigerator, and the men that caught that awesome Marlin probably never kept an undersize fish in their lives. Because we know how to keep our shelves full. Unlike most of the whiners on this page who have probably never even seen the ocean. Same people who are happy enough to eat it but not kill it. Get off your couches and harden up.
   comment# 151   - Nick Reid · Kaitaia, Aotearoa/NZ · Nov 2, 2008 @ 2:26pm

So, seeing this picture brings out in me a mixture of emotions, I am 17 and have lived in and around the ocean my entire life, feeding my family with things provided by the sea, I have been an active spearfisherman since I was 8 years old, and I have experienced things in the water that many people commenting on this page probably only read about and will never have the pleasure of experiencing. While I agree that it was an idiotic thing to do for the boy to waste this fish on some sharks (however amazing sight that might have been) I too have felt the same sense of accomplishment and pride that this boy probably felt when he landed this magnifacent animal. Sure not everyone can appreciate the facts of this matter, being raised in and urban/sub-urban area, but that doesn't mean that what happened was an attrocity, a crime against nature, it is the way of the world, things must die for others to live, so as wasteful as it may seem, at least the sharks gained some benefit, so in the end, it came from the sea and returned to the sea... I also have to say that I agree with Nick, get off your couch, stop going with the ebb and flow of everyday society, and get out there, do something that gets your adrenaline flowing and your heart pumping, grow some balls and do something exciting with your life. This boy takes pleasure in something you've probably never even considered trying, so I say just go for it, do what makes you feel good, regardless of what other people say, live l
   comment# 152   - Aidan Blansfield · Block Island, U.S.A. · Dec 4, 2008 @ 10:35am

That is awesome. I tip my hat off to whoever catches a fish like that.
   comment# 153   - Alfred · London · Dec 10, 2008 @ 6:48pm

WOW! way to wreck a little kids glory he has cought something so awesome as this black marlin i am all for animal right but you need to lay off him trying to tare this boy and his father down you should be ashamed each and every one of you
   comment# 154   - Joshua · East Lyme, America · Dec 17, 2008 @ 10:16am

you can toss just about anyone a reel and they can land a fish like this one, well not THIS ONE since they killed it for enjoyment. A good guide and a lot of luck plays into this........I guess they don't understand that the largest fish are most likely to have large offspring since they come from good gene's....I fish A LOT but release large fish after taking a photo from the boat....That is a great fish,to bad its dead.
   comment# 155   - hank · usa · Dec 20, 2008 @ 5:04am

One Word----- Education!! Im a hunter and a fisherman and over the years I noticed that people who do things like this have not been taught on what constitutes proper sportsmanship. I don't blame the boy, I blame the society he was raised in to not teach him about the species of game he pursues and the proper release or take of game. It's sad for an animal not be eaten and killed for sport; who under tremendous odds had lived to become an impressive beast.
   comment# 156   - Jack · From USA · Dec 31, 2008 @ 6:30pm

Only in Australia would a 15 year old want to kill such a massive, awesome creature and then watch it get "ripped apart by sharks". I guess the convict does come out in every1 xD
   comment# 157   - Naan · Bombay · Jan 11, 2009 @ 8:28am

Maybe one day those beautiful sharks will get to eat the "little bugger". Yes!
   comment# 158   - mike · st augustine, usa · Jan 20, 2009 @ 7:37pm

really nice Fish good job
   comment# 159   - cu · suck it · Jan 30, 2009 @ 9:08pm

wow...what a bunch of heros.. you should get your thoughts straight before you kill amazing marine animals that are probably as old as your son... people do tag marlins, maybe you should get involved in that aye..coz with people like you, nothing will be left..that would be the greatest shame
   comment# 160   - falsie · aus · Feb 2, 2009 @ 3:12am

That is a huge Black Marlin, that kid should be proud
   comment# 161   - Austin Hansen · Olsburg · Feb 11, 2009 @ 2:01pm

hey bro i played my 1st stripty yestdae its sumfng ill neva forget. congrtas on catching such a huge fish. ID LIKE TO SAY UR GREEN PEACE FREAKS HAVE NO IDAE WAT UR TALKING ABOUT CATCHING MARLIN IS NOEASY TASK IT TAKES ALOT OF PEOPLE TO LAND ONE OF THESE FISH YES KILLING IT MAY B BAD BUT ITS NOT LIKE ITS WASTED IT FEEDS ALOT OF FAMLIYS ur all fags who dnt no scat about big gamne fishing
   comment# 162   - Kurt · New zealand · Feb 14, 2009 @ 9:35pm

R.Klein I'm in complete agreement with the bycatch horror perpetrated every day on every stretch of water. As for Kurt. One day you will pull on your line or drag your nets and find nothing in them or on them. It's idiots like you and the two morons who decimated marlin populations in the 30s-40s right across the world. So much so that the average black marlins of today are far smaller than those of that period (and no doubt also caused by their own prey species being reduced in numbers).. Two million years of supposed evolution and we come to this. As for some of the anti-Australian comments ie Naan they are pathetic. Australia's wildlife agencies do far more for the marine environment than whole countries combined ie whale sharks and in terms of marine research. India would be well advised to do the same before fleets out of Sino-Asia decimate the Indian Ocean.
   comment# 163   - Balraj · St.Albans, England · Feb 16, 2009 @ 4:31am

WOW What an awsome fish and a big shame. But as for you Kurt all i can say is typical Maori. You have no idea about Game fishing. Your just an ocean rapist. Ive been game fishing for 15 years and over that time things have changed dramatically in Oz and NZ. I have only boated and weighed one of the 14 marlin ive caught that was only because it died at the side of the boat. the rest were tagged and released. this kid doesnt understand what the benifits of tagging and releasing are. so i just want to say its not in the end the kids fault but the skippers as in the end he is the boss. hopefully one day the yanks and euros and asians come to the party with Tagging more fish. and one day i hope i can tag one of those big beautiful machines.
   comment# 164   - Shane · New Zealand · Mar 2, 2009 @ 12:47am

i agree just as much with all the others. it was senseless to do such a thing and you should be ashamed. mindless violence!
   comment# 165   - Hunter Mize · AR, USA · Mar 2, 2009 @ 1:24pm

kurt sometimes its better to keep ur mouth shut and let people wonder if ur an less than intelligent person than to open ur mouth and prove it.get the drift takes years for fish of that caliber to develop.every one that dies is an irreplacable genetic loss we cant afford.unlike losing yours!
   comment# 166   - patrick williams · costa rica · Mar 5, 2009 @ 6:43pm

   comment# 167   - Trevor · Alton, IL. · Mar 9, 2009 @ 1:38pm

all you greenies are taking this thing a bit to seriously. this kid was just out there making a great memory for himself and you are trying to ruin that fr him!>?. maybe if you get off your fat usless arses and get out on the water waiting to hook the fish of your life you will understand why this kid is so excited about getting this fish. good on you kid and dont pay any attention to these pbviously drug fried hippys
   comment# 168   - hodge · new zealand · Mar 30, 2009 @ 4:08pm

Anybody who thinks this is acceptable sportsmanship is a complete caveman. It goes against every principal of fisheries management to kill the largest and most productive fish in a population. That is why our seas have been depleted of large game fish, or haven't you even read the news? It's not that the people here protesting are hippies, they are literate people who obviously know more than you about the state of the world's fish stocks you unfeeling hicks.
   comment# 169   - Mercy · Olympia, WA · May 8, 2009 @ 7:53am

The MEDIA will poison all of you scientist mind, BEING OUT THERE AND DOING THE FUN LIKE THE KID ABOVE IS A GREAT EXPERIENCE the kids can have. Here's your link for your personal satisfaction , this link will show you how the fisherman caught a big marlin and the shark kill the 450 marlin while in the fisherman realing the big marlin, and there's no different on what the kid above story. and this is also the URL LINK FOR YOU TUBE IS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU TUBE MEANS. AGAIN! TALKING IS DIFFERENT THAN WALKING...YOU CAN TALK ALL DAY BUT THAT DOESN'T TAKE YOU ANYWHERE MR.EINSTEIN. "Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds."
   comment# 170   - CRIS A, DIGAMO · WASHINGTON DC · May 21, 2009 @ 4:58am

Well, the kid doesnt know any better so its tough to blame him. I can also understand his Dad being proud of him being persistent and 'strong' but there are so many other, less harmful ways he can show those qualities. One day that boy is going to grow up and realise his Dad is talking shite and he has contributed to and promoted the totally unecessary near extermination of several species. I actually feel really sorry for the lad. Not so much for his Dad and other neanderthal buddies who love and promote killing endangered species for the hell of it. If sports fishermen want to be considered more than hairy-palmed apes then educate yourself (it doesnt take long!) and then tell us the fun you have outweighs the costs to us all.
   comment# 171   - Deborah · Colchester, UK · May 26, 2009 @ 3:22am

so this 14 year old has killed 97 marlins for entertainment and how many sharks. BREEDING FISH. 97 I am at a lost for words even if half those are females 40 and have ten offspring per breeding thats 400 marlin in one breeding season GONE, all for a picture. and then the fed it to sharks so they could what bring in sharks closer so they could go fishing for them later? pointless, shameful, 97 marlins. nice work there dad.
   comment# 172   - Joy · murfreesboro, USA · Jun 9, 2009 @ 7:45pm

how could a boy be happy about slautering this shark. it's because of these kind of ungreatful less than intelligent person moronic pleople that the shark population is decreesing. if u come from a fishing family like the boy above, yeah your going to be proud and your family is going to be proud of you because that is one big shark he caught plus his family is redneck fisherman. but what you shouldn't be proud of is that you killed yet another shark. a magnificent creture with much value. and as in value i don't mean money i mean importanance. this is why the shark population fades away. so i or you all reading this should never kill an endanger speceese like this beautiful shark.
   comment# 173   - sarah · tallahassee · Jun 20, 2009 @ 8:24am

This fish is a beauty! Well done on the catch, I bet it was a real handful to land. I support completely everything you've done, the record is not only for your own benefit but also to educate people in Australia and the world. How many people thought prior to this that there weren't any more thou' pounders around the world? You thought that commercial fishing has "raped and pillaged" the oceans? Welcome to reality. Every country has an EEZ (fishing zone) that belongs exclusively to them (200 miles out to sea), even if they can't police it. Thus the only people to blame here are the governments who continue to subsidise fishing companies and the entire industry.
   comment# 174   - Billy Hayes · Kiama, NSW, Australia · Jul 1, 2009 @ 6:47pm

great catch you'll never go hungry with that one.
   comment# 175   - Allen wayne Ray J.r. · austin tx · Jul 11, 2009 @ 6:41am

Well done Alex. It's good to see you are out there enjoying what the outdoors has to offer instead of being inside on a playstation or nintendo. As for all you jerks having a go about killing the fish BACK OFF!!!! I'm sure you all eat fish which are killed by longliners or commercial fisherman and don't complain about where they come from or who caught them. The only reason all you uneducated idiots have an opinion on this is because it made the news and you don't have anything better to do than pick on a kid from behind a computer screen. What you non fisherman don't understand is that for every fish captured (be it for a record or to eat) thousands are tagged and released to fight another day. Once again well done on your fish Alex I hope I see your name in the record books again some day.
   comment# 176   - Troy Atkinson · Sydney ,Australia · Sep 1, 2009 @ 8:25pm

I love fishing. It's cool to be caught but to be released is much wiser.
   comment# 177   - Bachru · Indonesia · Sep 30, 2009 @ 8:37pm

sharks are beutiful creatures but there just a bit vicous and nasty to humans but they probly think we are seals when we are swimming sure they dont mean to!!!!!!!!!!!! o and well done to alex
   comment# 178   - nivi · cyprus,phapos · Dec 28, 2009 @ 6:06am

Hard to say who's the bigger ***hole: The kid or the dad?
   comment# 179   - Daniel · USA/Germany · Jan 11, 2010 @ 1:23pm

I may sound inhumane or what ever but i don't think we should put this boy or his dad down for what they did. I have been on a boat out on the ocean fishing and it is not like there is only one of those fish out there. You see and can catch many of these fish and i am only 13 years old so you think i am still a kid but i think for a 14 year old boy from Cairns it would be an experience of a life time. good luck in the future buddy. :) oh P.S I have never even caught a fish in my life!!!!!!
   comment# 180   - katey Andrews · Boorowa, Australia · Jan 17, 2010 @ 1:39am

   comment# 181   - MARSHALL · NSW BOOROWA · Jan 17, 2010 @ 2:06am

I BACK any way what about the japanese killing all our whales doesn't that matter any more or are we just dropping everything now and worrying about a boy catching a world record fish!!!!!!i am sorry if i offend any one by the way. but jeese i mean i think your all just jelous lol and again i am proud of you and i haven't even met you oh and i have only seen a couple of people from Australia comment on this so only they truley know what and how many fish are where and when. Good on you buddy!!! :)
   comment# 182   - Katey Andrews · Boorowa, Australia · Jan 17, 2010 @ 2:23am

Why not buy him a playstation?? You people are the reason why the youth of today have no motivation or a natural sense of adventure anymore. The boy went fishing... he caught a fish... get over it fish are caught everyday. Sharks and other marine predators are eating other marine life right now, were animals too therfore part of the food chain. So what if he decided to watch the sharks eat it??? It's educational if anything. Nice catch buddy keep up the good work.
   comment# 183   - Michael · Oshkosh The United States of America · Jan 17, 2010 @ 2:28pm

Nice Fish Alex, I can under stand the comments that people are up set, (they are jealous or vegetarians) the yanks declare an illegal war on the middle east iraq/afganistan , the poms slaughted all the aboriginies in Tasmania(Genocide),Nth Korea reminds the world they got Nukes,the french nuke the pacific, the japs research whale meat, and this little kid catches a big fish, get real guys complain about something that really worth complaining about, a prize record breaking fish that became apart of the food chain, a snake will bite us with out the intention of eating us, also jesus christ caught fish and fed to others,
   comment# 184   - I fish and I vote · GBR Australia · Jan 29, 2010 @ 11:16pm

Dont listen to these people little buddy that is a fine achievement, these imbeciles have never even touched a fish. Congratulations
   comment# 185   - Luv2fish · England · Feb 6, 2010 @ 1:52pm

Some people just can't get it through their tofu stuffed heads that animals were placed here on this planet for us to have dominion over. That includes hunting & fishing. If you don't like it, build a spaceship & sod off & found your own planet where you can then dictate to the majority that only fruitarianism is acceptable.
   comment# 186   - Arcturus · None of your damn business where I'm from · Feb 28, 2010 @ 7:17am

Get over it this fish would have long since been dead by now. This happened over four years ago. Great fish, I would have killed it too!
   comment# 187   - Mike · Ryley, Canada · Mar 13, 2010 @ 8:42am

Concur. "Thy love afar is spite at home." - Emerson
   comment# 188   - drudown · Solana Beach, CA · Mar 25, 2010 @ 12:51pm

First of all! for all you "tree hugging whiners", your local fishermen that catches about 10,000 pounds (100,000kg) a year is nothing compared to the regulated commercial fishermen that are allowed to tow in about 50,000pounds a CATCH! not mentioning the netting that are tossed and lost and harming a large % of our oceans and not including all the birds that die while the nets are being pulled up! you want to complain about lets say the kid has killed 97 bill fish as mentioned in the article, that's not even a 0.00001% compared to what commercial fishermen have done. Don't eat fish, unless caught on your own and you wont be part of the oceans being denuded.
   comment# 189   - Nifhfiahwe · Miami, USA · Apr 18, 2010 @ 11:05am

a fish this big is an amazing catch, so to the person who was talking about buying a playstion instead u realy need to get out and experience the world. recognise the fact that this is a world record and shutup......its life
   comment# 190   - tom · australia · May 22, 2010 @ 9:39am

   comment# 191   - ALO · HOBART TAS · May 29, 2010 @ 7:39am

I wish I could catch something like that. You guys are a bunch of homo tree huggers. That kid is beastmode!
   comment# 192   - Jake · Colorado springs · Jun 24, 2010 @ 5:16pm

I hope some of you spewing sanctimonious words do kore to justify your self-righteousness than take cheap shots in words on the internet. First-sports fishermen can't catch enough fish in a lifetime to make a dent in the ocean's ecology. Second-so what if the boy fed the fish to the sharks? Are you unaware that sharks eat fish, mammals, and in the case of riger sharks, anything they can get in their mouths? Do tou have all this outrage at the so-called "researchers" who chum the waters using-guess what!-fish! A good many aren't contributing anything significant to science, they just get their thrills by playing daredevil with sharks. I bet a lot of you just eat those shows up, like "Shark Week" where they're doing so-called "research", but in reality they're getting their jollies by messing with sharks. Third-some of you have some really screwed up priorities in hoping that the boy or his father get killed by a shark just because they caught a fish- and fed it to the sharks! Sharks eat fish, amongst other things! And they don't give a hoot how old the fish is or how long it's been swimming around in the ocean! Some of you people have some twisted priorities-yes, we shouldn't wantonly slaughter every animal we can, but no animal life is worth that of any human. "Animal rights" is the new religion, and its disciples are some of the most sanctimonious amd smug people there are, cheap talk
   comment# 193   - Melanie · Biloxi USA · Aug 5, 2010 @ 5:15pm

nick arcata, did you know big fis like this cant! be eaten did you know that there is too much mercury in them to eat them and conrats alex on the record i always wanted one!! and im only 11 i still have a 128 stripe on my belt
   comment# 194   - mehmet · sydney · Aug 31, 2010 @ 1:16pm

A Marlin that size probably had Ciguatera poison along with high concentrations of Mercury and would be unfit for human consumption. I have caught a few Marlin and released them all as they were by-catch, but I will never kill one for a record nor will I ever tag one again, maybe the long liners will want that information from the tagging program to better their catch rate.
   comment# 195   - Marine bio · WA · Sep 8, 2010 @ 7:27pm

That might be an Australian Record but is far short of the World Record Black Marlin. It was caught in 1953 off the coast of Cabo Blanco, Peru and weighed 1,560 lbs. That's 500 lbs. more than this fish. Unfortunately nobody will ever beat that record because people like this kid and his dad kill all the "granders" thinking they have some new record. There needs to be a better way of size verification and getting the glory shot that doesn't kill the fish because these things will get a lot bigger if you let them.
   comment# 196   - Collin · Houston, TX · Sep 13, 2010 @ 2:47pm

leave the kid alone he is only 14
   comment# 197   - jack · cairns australia · Oct 3, 2010 @ 6:20am

Where's the video on this??? Plus I think most people could probably reel it in if the pole is secured to the boat..
   comment# 198   - Soa · USA · Oct 6, 2010 @ 7:46pm

I love to catch them large fish. Well done lad! I only wish I could have been part of the excitement of this 'graders'. A lot of my friends call me 'Granders' due to my bulk and the fact that I lean to the right in high seas, but some just call me "Porky". None the less boy, I say well done!!! Here's hoping you catch the last marlin in the sea and feed it to sharks! Then we'll catch the last shark in the sea, you and me both, and we'll eat it our ownselves! With ketchup!!! and soy sauce!! Cheers, lad! Here's "Granders' looking at that fish and wishing we could be a shark and take a ripping big bite out of it's juicy flank, I'll say, I sez!!!!
   comment# 199   - Fred Kruegar, masked · Birmingham, Toffordshire-on-Hillock · Nov 10, 2010 @ 7:27pm

hey hey hey dont say like that you guys cant catch a fish like that so ive caught marlin and i killed them for recreation and? it doesnt go to waste it all goes they are made to be caught
   comment# 200   - hawaii · hilo hawaii usa · Dec 8, 2010 @ 7:51pm

wow! that's a big shark can't think how big it is in real life like never ever ever can think about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 201   - nya · tyler tx · Dec 14, 2010 @ 2:55pm

97th Marlin. Bet you really proud of your son Graham?? Killing all these beautiful sea creatures. Quite a shame that they may not be around for your son's kids to see. However, it takes all types to make a world. I hope you guys can make the change to conservation as I did 30 years ago. I no longer fish for "Sport - quite odd we call it sport, if you really think about it". Please change and save all our magic critters. It is actually barbaric and pointless.Thanks. To end off - Sea Life Differently !!
   comment# 202   - Graham · Cape Town, SA · Jan 1, 2011 @ 9:57am

Hug a tree or something guys
   comment# 203   - Blake Dieterman · USA · May 13, 2012 @ 7:44pm

It's only senseless killing, if they discard the carcass afterwards and let it rot. Otherwise that should feed the family quite nice for an entire year!
   comment# 204   - Zy · Oregon, USA · Oct 30, 2012 @ 9:49am

Wait, I just read, they were throwing the WHOLE thing away to some sharks???? Man, this family has way too much money or something. Why wouldn't you fillet even half of it and save some steaks for yourself. GREEDY, GREEDY people.
   comment# 205   - Zy · Oregon, USA · Oct 30, 2012 @ 9:53am

I spent some time reading most of these posts. It is truly amazing to see the ignorance (LACK OF KNOWLEDGE) of people in the US and around the world. Does anyone really know the exact circumstances surrounding this catch? Why are you people so quick to judge? The fact that this father is spending time with his son....THAT is important. This ONE fish that probably died in the fight should not be the focus. I'm sure that these two that all of you have threatened and turned into monsters practice catch and release as much as possible. However, there are times when a large fish like this marlin succumb to the fight. To suggest that there was no respect shown for the animal is ridiculous. How do you know? The hunters and fishermen (sportsmen and women) are the TRUE CONSERVATIONISTS in the world!! They are the ones making sure that these animals that you so love are still around for all you complainers who sit on your soap box and preach your bull*$&. They are the ones making sure there is habitat for animals. I am a hunter and a fisherman along with my wife and three boys. We spend time doing these things together. We teach our children to respect all animals and wildlife and the importance of the conservation of habitat. We do not teach our children to hate. You all really do sound like terrorists. Congratulations to the father and son. TAKE YOUR KIDS HUNTING SO YOU DONT HAVE TO HUNT FOR YOUR KIDS! WORKS FOR FISHING TOO!
   comment# 206   - Rich · Indiana · Nov 5, 2012 @ 7:07pm

my dad caught a black marlin and from 20 metres from the boat a branze whailer ate it please ring 93069679 or 02732 please send back
   comment# 207   - maxim miklic · melbourne · Nov 11, 2012 @ 6:33pm

I've heard that after you fight, tag and release a bill fish, they are so exhausted, sharks are waiting for them under the boat. The Marlin is so tired, it's easy for the sharks to kill him. Is this true? Thanks for your comments.
   comment# 208   - Christine · Corpus Christi, USA · Feb 1, 2013 @ 10:02pm
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