Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Woman helps catch half-ton marlin

Molly Palmer poses with her crew near her catch, a 12-foot marlin that took more than four hours to get on her team's boat, in Hawaii (AP/Jody Bright)

A woman taking part in a fishing tournament in Hawaii waters fought a 12-foot marlin for more than four hours before getting it on her team's boat and weighing it in at more than half a ton - a would-be world record.

Officials say Molly Palmer's fish weighed 1,022.5 pounds, well over the record of 950 pounds for a woman using a 130-pound line. But 28-year-old Ms Palmer, who is only 5ft 9in, is missing out on the glory and thousands in tournament prize money because she could not reel the whopper in by herself and her team stood by its honour code.

Cheating at The Big Island Invitational Marlin Tournament would have been easy and tempting but Ms Palmer said her team just wanted to reel in the big catch. So they disqualified themselves and her crewmates helped pull the monstrous fish aboard.

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