Catching a Massive Marlin With Your Bare Hands


The above photo was taken last night on the east aka beach side of Little Corn Island. For starters, nobody and I mean NOBODY catches marlin around here, let alone with their bare hands. Do you realize that these people literally pulled a giant marlin named “Merlin the Marlin”(not to be confused with “Merlin the Muskie“) out of the Caribbean Sea?  It took several grown men and a lady who cared about nothing more than a big fat steak to get that thing out…

It was evening and tourist were casually sipping fine wine while telling tales that people often do about days in paradise. Someone noticed that this fish was flapping around and the curiosity of the collective masses was cued. Some thought it was a hammerhead shark, others a tiger shark (huh?) and some thought it was Elvis wrestling a tuna, turns out it was none of the above…

Upon further inspection they realized that the giant fish was in fact a marlin, yes a marlin. They are incredibly rare here and a fisherman told me they never bite. The fish had a giant gash on its head which leads me to believe that a boat propeller must have hit it. Other popular theories are that it ran into a rock – really!? Also seriously doubting the health of the fish, typically a healthy fish like that won’t be floating near the top…

Suffice to say the one lady in the group who had seafood steaks on the brain was first to grab the giant fish, next thing you know a whole crew was in there so it couldn’t get back to sea. The thing was clearly injured as healthy fish of that size just don’t show up beached like such.

Oh yeah, I wasn’t there but this is what I gathered from numerous sources and this story deserves sharing.

Thanks to @thefoxbroughton for the photo aka “The Fox”. While we’re thanking him, might as well say thanks for the fresh Jack sushi this morning, check out this instagram, delicious.

Yours truly,

“Lobster Man”

P.S: I love this island and plan on making it one of my final 4-5 “flags” on this planet.


  1. James Shannon

    February 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I trust from the “flags” comment that you’re a follower of Simon Black from Sovereign Man … I do also and I am eager to set up banking here in Asia, a hideaway for when the $#it hits the fan, etc …

    Crazy fish story man, and looking forward to hearing about SA soon!

    • SJH

      February 5, 2012 at 7:30 am

      That story is definitely all about folks who have SHABL. Here’s another endorsement of Little Corn as a place to plant one of one’s flags. Can’t wait to return.

  2. Rob

    February 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I’m looking for a few places to spend time over a lifetime. You can’t just “drift forever”.

    Little Corn is definitely a special place, no doubt.

  3. Rasta Punch

    February 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    This was an amazing fish, by the way the lady in the article iz my wife, at first i tried to stop her from running in to drag the marlin in further to the beach cuz i was scared in might strike her, the giant like 200pd thing was flopping around like crazy, still in the end i am glad she did wha she did. we enjoyed our 20pound steak of Blue Marlin well, the first night right after catching this fish I ate Sushi from some of the meat. And for the last three days have been eating Marlin meat in so many different ways.hmmm i am lovin it
    For real world these type of things only happen in Little Corn Island.

  4. Rob

    February 7, 2012 at 5:15 am

    YES! I was hoping you’d read this and thanks for filling the internet on what actually happened. Unreal, unreal, unreal. See you somewhere on the island today, I am sure.

  5. charlie

    February 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm


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