Since the 2012 fishing season in the Gulf, teams fishing with live bait have landed 10 blue marlin over 700 pounds in tournaments. Three of those were over 800 pounds; one tipped the scales at over 900 pounds. Two teams using live bait also set new state records in Alabama and Texas. All-time catch records indicate Gulf anglers have landed 48 blue marlin over the 700-pound mark. Twelve of those fish were landed in the last four years, and 10 of those fish were caught on live bait. During the 2015 tournament circuit in the northeastern Gulf, teams won six out of eight tournaments with a blue marlin kill division by live-baiting. One of those tournaments, the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club’s Memorial Day Tournament, had no fish weighed. So, really, live bait won six out of seven northern Gulf tournaments in 2015 where at least one fish was brought to the dock. Keep in mind, those are first-place finishes in the kill division only, not even taking into consideration the teams in second or third places — or even the release division.