The Bright Side: Do the math

  • The author with a blue marlin that measured out to be around 1,100 pounds out of Bora Bora in 1981. Why there is no “official weight” is a whole n‘other story. Notice here too, the marlin holds steady girth the length of the belly. The creases toward the tail are telltale signs of marlin close to or over 1,000 pounds. (Jody Bright/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Grander number 146 for Hawaii. Keith Hilton angler on Marlin Magic II with Capt. Marlin Parker and crew. Notice that the fish maintains girth the length of the belly. (Jody Bright/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The author in ancient times with one of two black marlin loaded on The Ark with Noah. They grabbed a weight of 1,289 pounds in transit. Notice how much bigger the girth is near the head than down the belly. (Jody Bright/Special to West Hawaii Today)

A news tip came through recently: a boat was bringing in a marlin that looked to be about 1,000 pounds. The coveted “grander.” When the fish weighed in south of that mark, the following story came to mind. And yes, it really happens.