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The World's Best Marlin Fishing - in the 1950s?

What made this once-famous fishing hole go dry? Government control or overfishing? You decide. We take the former.

Did you ever hear of Cabo San Lucas? Every angler worth his saltwater (and especially their billfish) salt knows about this point of land on western Mexico south of Sand Diego. But what about Cabo Blanco? This Peruvian hotspot was the target of the rich and famous in the 1950s, with everybody from Hollywood and Wall Street seeking a place on the productive boats there. The spot produced more "grands" (fish over 1,000 pounds) than anywhere else on Earth.

So what happened? Did tbe overfishing of sardines kill off the black marlin that once roaved this canyon? Or did government takeover drive out the tourist trade? You make the choice. But only forty miles north of the once famous lodges the black marlin fishing is as good as it ever was.

Black Marlin once abundant near Cabo Blanco in Peru

This story came from Ozy and is just so well-written and imaged that it is worth the click and the few minutes it will take to read it. We thought you would like it.

Houston oil man Alfred Glassell Jr. landed a 1,560-pound black marlin off the coast of Cabo Blanco in northern Peru on August 4, 1953, bagging himself a world record that stands to this day. He hooked the fish at the once-legendary underwater canyon known as Marlin Boulevard and eventually landed it after fighting the sea beast for nearly two hours. Footage of the fish leaping out of the water in an attempt to get free of the hook was used in the 1960 film of Ernest Hemingway’s classic The Old Man and the Sea.



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