KONA, HAWAII– A 16-year-old New Yorker made the catch of a lifetime Wednesday when he reeled in a 1,058-pound blue marlin off the coast of Kona.
“I would imagine that there’s not very many more things as exhilarating than catching a ‘grander’ in Kona,” said 16-year-old Kai Rizzuto.
It took Rizzuto a grueling 30 minutes to bring in the mammoth fish that measured 11 feet long from jaw to tail.
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“He was excited, but it was really hard work. We went very hard after that fish,” Kai’s Grandfather, Jim Rizzuto said. “He went right at it with a lot of professional calm that surprised me.”
According to HawaiiNewsNow, Rizzuto is even believed to be the youngest angler to pull in a grander off Kona.
The fish was dead by the time he was reeled into the boat. So Rizzuto shared the catch with nearly 100 people in the area.