Madeira Team Wins 2019 Blue Marlin World Cup

Only two qualifying marlin are landed this year.

Team SortedCourtesy Blue Marlin World Cup

Angler Craig Watson of Melbourne, Australia, flew halfway around the world to fish the one-day, winner-take-all 2019 World Cup aboard the 32-foot Luhrs, Sorted, with Capt. Howard Williams in Madeira, Portugal. It was a move he would not regret.

The winning 541.2-pound blue marlin was landed after 2½ hours on one of Watson’s personal lures—the Bluedog Turtle—and was worth $600,000 to the team.

Had Sorted entered the optional $8,000 Big Blue Challenge jackpot, the fish would have been worth more than $1 million. Cape Verde's Mystic Blue, captained by Giorgio Assolari, captured the only other qualifier—a 518-pounder—boated by female angler, Aylin Karahan.