Angler Lands MASSIVE 1,128-Pound Blue Marlin In Cook Islands… By Himself

Pauro Arnold marlin
Pauro Arnold

You never know what a day of fishing will lead to.

You may not catch a thing, or you could walk away with a catch that you’ll never forget for the rest of your life…

Just take this Cook Islands fisherman for instance.

According to Cook Islands News, angler Arnold Pauro landed a MASSIVE 1,128-pound blue marlin by himself while fishing on his 22-foot boat.

The rare “grander” catch ended up shattering the Cook Islands record, now belonging to Pauro.

Pauro told the outlet:

“I was overwhelmed to be honest. I’ve waited 14 years to do this.”

Once he had gotten back to Ava Harbour, his buddies helped him move the huge marlin to a trailer, and that’s when Pauro officially realized how special the catch was.

Pauro said the fish continuously leaped from the water around 40 to 50 times, and he fought with the fish for an hour and a half.

He continued:

“I kept it to 50 meters of line, kept it short, I don’t like letting my marlin go…

These fish demand so much respect. A massive thank you to the ocean and Polynesian spirit.

I’m proud to be a Cook Islander, and to bring these fish in, in my own home. It really is a blessing.”

Paulo’s catch beat out Paku Poila, who set the record back in November 2020 with a 1,045-pounder.

Needless to say, this will be a record for a long time.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock