On July 11, Houston-based Team Legacy landed a 927.7-pound blue marlin to win the Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament and claim the new Texas state record.
This year marked the third annual holding of the contest off the coast of Port Aransas and the second year in a row in which Team Legacy took the top spot, according to the event’s website.
Measured at 137.5 inches, it took all hands of the eight-man crew to land the nearly 930-pound fish. Caught approximately 130 miles offshore, Team Legacy said the fight lasted 20 minutes but it was over an hour before the men had the marlin aboard.
The tournament-winning fish crushed the previous state record by almost 100 pounds. James Farrow held the prior record with the 876.5-pound marlin he caught on August 20, 1988, also in the Gulf of Mexico.
According to the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), the current all-tackle blue marlin world record is held by Jay de Beaubien, who caught a 1,376 pound Hawaiian blue in waters off of Kaaiwai Point, Kona.
Team Legacy beat the nearly 25-year old state record to take home the Bastante John Uhr Memroial tournament’s $40,000 purse, making their Friday afternoon fishing session fittingly bastante, which is Spanish for “more than enough.”
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