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What do they do with those blue marlin?

Old 06-10-2019, 05:50 PM
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Default 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?
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Old 06-10-2019, 05:52 PM
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I believe they’re donated to be studied.
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Old 06-10-2019, 06:32 PM
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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.
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Thanks.
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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.



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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.
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:22 PM
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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.
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I've never eaten Blue Marlin, but Black marlin is delicious!
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Old 06-10-2019, 09:59 PM
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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 .
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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.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:33 AM
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Originally Posted by pje View Post
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.
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Striped marlin is the best raw fish I've had.
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Old 06-11-2019, 05:17 AM
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Originally Posted by NC_Native View Post
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.
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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.
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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.

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.
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Best fish sticks ever!

You have to limit consumption on the big ones because of mercury content.
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From the tournament rules....

. All billfish weighed in shall be donated for research.
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Originally Posted by Dan Apple View Post
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.
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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 . . . .
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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.
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