Costa Rican Blue Recaptured

The fish was recaptured in Peru after 444 days at large.

After traveling more than 1,000 miles in 444 days, the blue marlin was recaptured southwest of Peru.
After traveling more than 1,000 miles in 444 days, the blue marlin was recaptured southwest of Peru.Courtesy TBF

A recaptured blue marlin off Ecuador could provide evidence of migratory routes in Central America. In October 2014, aboard Nemesis, Darryl Schroeder and Capt. Jimmy Kitchell, along with mates Giovanni Gonzales and Riner Rodriguez, tagged and released the blue marlin off Costa Rica. The crew estimated the blue marlin to be 105 inches in length and to weigh approximately 350 pounds when it was released. At large for 444 days, the blue marlin traveled a linear distance of more than 1,000 miles. The blue marlin was recaptured southwest of Peru, where Capt. Oscar Miguel Intraigo Lino aboard Popeye I landed the fish on January 12, 2016. Lino measured the fish at 105 inches when it was recaptured; this is the second blue marlin caught by Lino that was originally tagged by a sport-fishing crew off Costa Rica. This catch is also one of several blues tagged off Central America to be recaptured off Peru or Ecuador in the last several years.