Blue Marlin Tag Pops Up Off Cape Verde

Initially tagged in Bermuda, the fish traveled 2,293 nautical miles across the Atlantic

Caught during the Bermuda Big Game Classic, a satellite-tagged marlin traveled all the way to Cape Verde.
Caught during the Bermuda Big Game Classic, a satellite-tagged marlin traveled all the way to Cape Verde.Richard Gibson

On July 10, 2015, the second day of the Bermuda Big Game Classic, Shon Craig tagged an estimated 150-pound blue ­marlin with the third satellite tag of the 2015 Hamilton, Bermuda, IGFA Great Marlin Race. The tag, sponsored by Galati Yacht Sales, was deployed after angler Sharyn Craig caught the fish aboard Amarula Sun with Capt. Danny Veid. After 131 days, the satellite tag popped up and revealed that the blue marlin swam a remarkable 2,293 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean to Cape Verde, taking a direct migratory path east after spending some time west of Bermuda. As of this writing, this blue marlin is not only leading the 2015 Hamilton, Bermuda IGMR, it is in first place for the entire 2015-2016 IGMR race season. However, with many more tracks popping up in the next few months, it's still anyone's race. For updates on the entire IGFA Great Marlin Race, visit igfa.org/conserve/igmr.aspx.