Fishermen rally together in half hour battle to reel in 97st 12ft sea monster

A sea monster weighing almost 100 stone was reeled in by three fisherman after a 30 minute wrestling match.

The group of mates had spent six days fishing off the African coast of the Cape Verdes islands when they landed the second biggest ever catch recorded in the Atlantic, on the morning of May 19.

Ben Vorster, Gerhardt Vorster, and Michiel Ross, all from South Africa showed off the massive blue marlin on social media with a range of impressive snaps.

One particular picture of the fish hanging upside down beside one of the men shows just how big it is with 1370lbs (97st) scrawled on its body.

Steve Andrews, a friend of the boat's captain Ryan 'Roo' Williamson, told “At 7:30am Roo noticed a monster marlin rise on a far back trolling lure just 15 minutes after setting up for fishing.

“After hooking the fish, it never jumped, so they couldn’t confirm how big they believed it to be.

“Ben is a strong, tough farmer, and a big game hunter. [He] did an incredible job fighting the fish and getting the marlin to the boat in only 30 minutes.”

The Cape Verdes islands are a hot bed for blue marlin with many fishermen heading to the archipelago, located off the coast of Senegal and Mauritania, each year.

But the three from South Africa never imagined that they would be celebrating the capture of such a huge fish.

Ben Vorster, 50, was the angler on the reel when the blue marlin took hold after the captain of the boat after Roo "teased" it up from the depths, with what look like small fish for them to feed on.

Ben wrestled with the massive fish on the reel and it took him about 30 minutes to bring the blue martin onto the boat.

It was only after the blue marlin was on the deck that the trio were able to see the full size of it and the boat slowly headed back to the marina under the weight of fish.

Steve added: “It’s a dream come true for Ben Voster.

“He’s an avid marlin fisherman and boat owner, just like his brothers Gerhard and Michiel, who were alongside him during the catch.

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“The last morning of the charter trip was when Ben caught his giant marlin,” says Andrews. “The Cape Verde area is just a spectacular blue marlin fishery.”

They then weighed their prize and found, incredibly, that it was the second biggest blue marlin to have been caught in the waters.

At 1,370-pounds with a girth of 66ins around, the Marlin was 32 pounds lighter than the IGFA All Tackle World Record holder which was the 1,402 pound specimen of fish caught in Brazil in 1992.

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