Attacked by Marlin and other fish!
We were sailing between Galapagos
and the Marquesas
Islands when I hooked a Marlin.
After much ‘fighting’ to get the marlin to the boat I was not sure what to do with it … I had not really planned on catching one of these and wanted to set it free.
I had caught the fish
on a hand line and had fastened the line bit by bit to one of the cleats
As I stood upright in clear view of the fish
, it suddenly lunged up into the air right at me, I jumped to one side and it landed in the in the deck
‘nose tip’ first … I was somewhat startled by this sudden move!
After that it had released from the hook and disappeared but before long was circling about behind the boat before disappearing.
The only reminder I have of this event is the tip of its spike which snapped off when it collided nose first into the deck
. I remember wondering afterwards if it was coincidence or if the fish deliberately went for me!
Why I raise this issue again … is that recently I met a friend who was also sailing these waters and caught a marlin. The catch was caught on video (I have a copy) and clearly shows at a certain point the marlin going into attack mode thrusting its spike at him. The marlin then releases and is freed from the hook … goes under the boat … comes up and throws itself backwards at my friend repeatedly trying to get its spike into him at what appears to be a form of revenge.
I found this interesting especially since another mate of mine who is a delivery skipper
, a few years ago was delving a catamaran
overseas, caught a marlin which then successfully ‘stabbed’ one of the crew members in the stomach and did a lot of damage.
Since we are cruisers and regularly catch fish, some as long as I am tall, I want to know from from other sailors / fishermen if they have had similar experiences with this, and is this a trait with certain fish!
Do certain fish have a tendency to ‘get even’.