The Amazing Azores

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The Azores, a group of islands in the North Atlantic, offer up a tremendous blue marlin bite during the summer — and they aren’t all itty-bitty either! Photo by John AshleyJohn Ashley
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The port town of Horta on Faial Island hosts most of the big-game action in the Azores, which belong to Portugal. Photo by John AshleyJohn Ashley
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During the late summer months, the Azores enjoy a large influx of blue marlin in the 400- to 500-pound range, with a few bigger ones as well. Photo by John AshleyJohn Ashley
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Capt. Les Gallagher runs Brasilia, a 40-foot Australian-built Black Watch out of Horta harbor. Gallagher spent many years fishing the Atlantic from Ghana, Cape Verde and Ascension Island, but when he visited the Azores in 1987, he fell in love with the place, and it’s now his home. His passion for fishing is legendary here, and he was the captain on Xacara the day he and Zak Conde caught the biggest blue marlin ever captured in the Azores, a massive 1,310-pounder. Photo Courtesy of Brasilia Fishing ChartersJohn Ashley
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For some reason, during certain years the Azores get both numbers and size, becoming a perfect place for record fishing. Photo by John AshleyJohn Ashley
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Most of the fish here are caught on lures, but crews also chuck out a live bait when finicky fish enter the spread. Photo by John AshleyJohn Ashley
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Most of the fish here are caught on lures, but crews also chuck out a live bait when finicky fish enter the spread. Photo by John AshleyJohn Ashley