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Australian black marlin takes the lead in 2015-2016 IGFA Great Marlin Race

With only two months left in the 2015-2016 IGFA Great Marlin Race year, a tag on an Australian black marlin popped up to steal the lead! On November 4, 2015, just two weeks after the Great Northern 29th Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic, angler Gee Soh hooked up with an estimated 318 kg (700 lb) black marlin while fish with Viking II’s Captain Billy Billson. After a twenty minute bout with the black, Glenn Johnston released the marlin with the satellite tag-programmed to collect data for 240 days. On July 1, 2016, exactly 240 days on the fish, the tag popped up a remarkable 4,393 nautical miles northeast from where it was deployed! Not only does this distance put sponsor Peter Teakle in first place for the race year, but it’s also the third longest distance recorded in the history of the IGFA Great Marlin Race! Once the tag has completed its data transmission to Argos satellites, the track will be available on the race page: https://www.igfa.org/Conserve/Lizard-Island-Australia-2015-Race.aspx