UK angler hauls in mammoth blue marlin

A 25-year campaign to land one of the world’s largest exotic species came to an end for Kevin Gardner when he banked a mammoth 1320lb blue marlin.

The Norfolk-based pub landlord made the long haul trip to Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean and used a lure to attract the attentions of the beast.

He was then forced to endure an energy sapping three-hour battle before it was beaten.
Controversially, the fish was brought back to land dead and the snout was hacked off to be taken back to the UK as a trophy.