"This was the last day of our trip," Carter says. "Fishing had been really slow for us. We had only raised one marlin in nine days. We were starting to get stuff organized on the boat, getting ready to come home." Proving that persistence pays off, at 4:20 p.m. the team raised an oversize blue marlin, prompting Capt. Yoan Alcala to call for the 20-pound-class gear. "I had been fishing for the 12-pound-test record for 10 years, and had several close ones, but we knew this fish could be a contender for the 20-pound-class record, which is currently 714 pounds," Carter says. "This was by far the largest fish we had seen in 35 days of fishing in Madeira this summer."