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Old 11-06-2018, 01:32 PM
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Nice work. Love the underwater footage.

Not to be a nanny, but I always cringe when there is no safety rope on the angler or rod.
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Great video and nice job! Ours is coming........ What safety rope do you place? Both on the angler and the rod or just one of them?
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Congrats on a beautiful fish. I’ve watched the video many times and I can’t see any reason not to think it’s a Black Marlin.

The pec fins stick out like airplane wings, always. Even when it’s swimming side to side the wings swing, and never tuck or even trail back. The blues always have a tell-tale scale pattern (arm pit) where the pecs fold back. There’s some awesome clear broadside frames in the underwater series at 1:22 but no arm pit is visible. And lastly the dorsal fin is not very tall compared to the body. The dorsal fin is hard to judge on a live fish because they may not have it extended full forward.

Not common, but also not impossible to catch a Black Marlin on the East coast of Africa according to the interweb. Hopefully somebody smarter than me comes on here and makes a definitive call.

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Old 11-07-2018, 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Capt. Fred View Post
Nice work. Love the underwater footage.

Not to be a nanny, but I always cringe when there is no safety rope on the angler or rod.
We usually use the safety rope only on the chair tackle but with this young guys that love to use full and even push the drag up on standup in the middle of the fight I should probably start using one connected to the black magic
This 30W I have upgraded the drag and I've set it to 43lb on Full with 80lb topshot but young Kevin increased the settings during the figh and have not measured it yet but it's now probably at 55lb, I'll respool during the weekend and check
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I have long safety ropes clipped onto the bottom mounting ring of all the reels. Not so worried about the fish pulling someone over if you can keep the fish on the surface, but if they go deep straight under the transom the angle on the angler can get a bit dangerous if you are using an 80W or bigger with the drag up. Get some rough water and it can get messy. Watched a friend grabbing the armrests on the game chair one night as a big Broadbill went straight down directly behind the transom at max speed on an 80W. Only the safety rope would have saved him if he hadn't grabbed the chair in time. Just a completely different angle to a fish way out behind the boat.
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Not common, but also not impossible to catch a Black Marlin on the East coast of Africa .....
Angola is on Africa's west coast.
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I attach the safety line to the underside of the reel. I've seen some folks attach a line to the back of the stand up harness, but I don't do it that way. I've never gone over, but I have had some close calls while fighting fish stand up.

A guy I saw give a talk at a bluefin seminar had been pulled over while fighting a big bluefin on a hand line. He said he was going through the water so fast that, even though he got his knife out of its sheath with his free hand, he could not reach up to his trapped hand due to the water pressure. The fish slowed down and he cut himself free. These big fish are really strong.

Thanks again for the great video!
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Very nice!
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Originally Posted by Sam Salmon View Post
Angola is on Africa's west coast.
Yes, West coast. That is what I meant to write, thank you for the correction. Black Marlin are known to inhabit the West Coast of Africa.

What do you think about the fish? I still think itís Black.
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Originally Posted by Lone Ono View Post


Yes, West coast. That is what I meant to write, thank you for the correction. Black Marlin are known to inhabit the West Coast of Africa.

What do you think about the fish? I still think it’s Black.


L.O.,
The second dorsal on a Black is forward of the second anal fin, and the opposite for the Blue my guess... Blue. I remember being corrected on a Big Blue that I called a Black and it was that trait that made me concede.
https://www.bdoutdoors.com/black-or-...u-can-id-them/

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L.O.,
The second dorsal on a Black is forward of the second anal fin, and the opposite for the Blue my guess... Blue. I remember being corrected on a Big Blue that I called a Black and it was that trait that made me concede.
https://www.bdoutdoors.com/black-or-...u-can-id-them/

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Thanks Pat, looked at the video again and canít see a definitive frame to gauge the fin angles. Either the tail section is truncated, water is murky or the angle is from above so canít see the base of both fins. Donít see many blacks in these waters so itís hard for me to tell from just a little piece of video. The shorter bill, short dorsal fin, meaty shoulders & snout area look black to me.

End of the day itís a beautiful fish so it doesnít really matter.
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The shorter bill, short dorsal fin, meaty shoulders & snout area look black to me.
Quite agree.

End of the day it’s a beautiful fish so it doesn’t really matter.
Yes and a quick clean release-an example to us all.
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Our new season is just a couple of months away now so this video got me excited. We mostly get big Stripies here in New Zealand but there have been a lot of nice Blues in recent years and if you spend time targeting them there are a few big Blacks around as well. On the slow days you can go and deep drop for large Broadbill. We also get Shortbill Spearfish to round out the 'beakie' collection. Just waiting for global warming to bring a few Sailfish down this way.

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