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NC_Native 06-10-2019 05:50 PM

What do they do with those blue marlin?
 
Like the 500+ pounders that they are catching in the Big Rock tournament - do they eat them?

Heathen86 06-10-2019 05:52 PM

I believe they’re donated to be studied.

hjorgan 06-10-2019 06:32 PM

Many are donated to homeless shelters and the county prison system. Kill tourneys usually document where the meat goes. I feel better about the killing of billfish knowing someone gets fed.

NC_Native 06-10-2019 06:37 PM

Thanks.

thefishingsailor 06-10-2019 06:38 PM

It's a commonly accepted truism in sport fishing circles that marlin are somehow less than edible. That is not at all true. I never had reason to doubt it, until I lived in Hawaii. Marlin are in every fish market there. They make great poke, and are every bit as good on the table as tuna.




Morris_Lures_Hawaii 06-10-2019 07:03 PM

In Hawaii we eat all marlin. The smaller ones under 200lbs are great for Sashimi or Poke or cooking. The best marlins in my opinion are the pumpkins which have the orange meat. I've heard they live deeper and eat a totally different diet, reason for the meat color. The big girls normally end up being smoked which is normal around here. I can look on my IG 7 days a week and find someone selling smoked Marlin. In Hawaii we are meat hunters, not trophy.

Robbilt86 06-10-2019 08:22 PM

Each kill tournament is different in terms of how the fish are handled after weigh-in….but as others before have said they are definitely eaten in many cases.

westbootie 06-10-2019 09:43 PM

I've never eaten Blue Marlin, but Black marlin is delicious!

pje 06-10-2019 09:59 PM

Sometimes there is a scientist/biologist present to collect the otoliths ( aging) and core sample for dna etc . They are usually more interested in the really big girls . Some tournaments do make sure that someone is there to take the meat , but the majority of them end up being forklifted into a dumpster . If you don't actually see it being cleaned , it went in a dumpster later .

offshorebri 06-11-2019 03:21 AM

We fought one that died two years back down in Cabo. About a 300 pounder. I actually felt terrible about it. I see the locals down there eating them and the crew was pushing me to take some to eat. I took a chunk to a local restaurant that night and it was tremendous. They made it a few different ways and all were very very good. I was pleasantly surprised. The locals eat very well down there.

NC_Native 06-11-2019 04:33 AM


Originally Posted by pje (Post 12613447)
Sometimes there is a scientist/biologist present to collect the otoliths ( aging) and core sample for dna etc . They are usually more interested in the really big girls . Some tournaments do make sure that someone is there to take the meat , but the majority of them end up being forklifted into a dumpster . If you don't actually see it being cleaned , it went in a dumpster later .

That makes me sad to think that, particularly since several here have said how good they taste. I'll post up in the Carolinas forum - if they are throwing those things in a dumpster at the Big Rock Tournament I'm going to drive down there and get me a few dozen pounds to put in the freezer.

TorFed 06-11-2019 04:45 AM

Striped marlin is the best raw fish I've had.

20biminitwist 06-11-2019 05:17 AM


Originally Posted by NC_Native (Post 12613719)
That makes me sad to think that, particularly since several here have said how good they taste. I'll post up in the Carolinas forum - if they are throwing those things in a dumpster at the Big Rock Tournament I'm going to drive down there and get me a few dozen pounds to put in the freezer.

The problem is many tournament fish are left laying on the decks in the heat for hours.

It should be mandatory to have a fish bag and ice. Smart crews should anyway to prevent weight loss.

The fish in the dumpster that can feed many in need ain't so smart IMHO.

gerg 06-11-2019 06:35 AM

If marlin are anything like swordfish, they will absolutely suffer taste wise if not bled, gutted/scraped and iced. None of which is going to happen in a kill tourney.

20biminitwist 06-11-2019 07:30 AM


Originally Posted by gerg (Post 12614210)
If marlin are anything like swordfish, they will absolutely suffer taste wise if not bled, gutted/scraped and iced. None of which is going to happen in a kill tourney.

I agree with you but there is no reason to let a large edible fish go to waste. Sure, gutting and bleeding would be best but as you said that happening in a weight kill tournament.

If at least they bag and ice the fish it won't be rotting on the deck making it completely inedible.
I liken it too shooting a trophy buck, taking the horns and leaving the rest for the buzzards and worms cause your to lazy to deal with the meat after you kill it.:nono:

If indeed some of the fish are ending up in the dumpster in these tournaments it may come back on the organizers into today's conservation climate..
If it hasn't already, it will.

Dan Apple 06-11-2019 07:52 AM

From the tournament rules....

. All billfish weighed in shall be donated for research.

NC_Native 06-11-2019 08:20 AM


Originally Posted by Dan Apple (Post 12614526)
From the tournament rules....

. All billfish weighed in shall be donated for research.

And that sounds like bullshit to me. The "researchers" probably take a muscle core sample, a bone sample, and throw the rest in the dumpster.

claluja 06-11-2019 08:44 AM

Pretty sure WMO in OCMD sends them to a food bank for people to eat them. Dont know about BR.

But, yeah, big blues often sit on deck for hours . . . .

cobraarvey 06-11-2019 08:48 AM

If you've ever watched the live feed from the White Marlin Open, you can see the woman who is there every year who is doing the core sampling and research. She is carefully carving the billfish that have been weighed into steaks which are then donated to the local food banks. I have been at the weigh in at the MIDATLANTIC Tournament as well, and similar arrangements are available.

burningdaylight 06-11-2019 11:07 AM


Originally Posted by NC_Native (Post 12614645)
And that sounds like bullshit to me. The "researchers" probably take a muscle core sample, a bone sample, and throw the rest in the dumpster.

I can tell you this, if the majority of the fish is being thrown in the dumpster, it's by no means the fault of the scientist collecting samples. Without the tournament or fishermen there would be no sample to collect, so the responsibility of the fish belongs to the angler or the tournament organizer.



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