We raised only two fish on the first day, and neither teased into range of Wakeman’s fly. During the second day, the first fish we saw followed the teaser right up to the boat. This was only the second blue marlin I’ve seen teased into fly range, but it was not as aggressive as I expected. Penley lured the fish in, Richardson took the engines out of gear, Wakeman cast the fly, and nothing happened. It was probably only a few seconds, but it seemed like a long time as we made excuses: fish not excited enough, it never really got a taste of the bait, we shouldn’t have used a dredge, etc. All the while, the fly was floating behind the boat, with Wakeman giving it a little pop every so often. Then we heard Richardson yell from the bridge, “Here he comes!” and a 130-pound blue marlin calmly swam over and ate the fly, a textbook bite going away. Wakeman set the hook, and we were in business. I was impressed how well Wakeman’s 15-weight Tycoon rod and Nautilus Monster reel handled the marlin. The fight was smooth, with lots of jumps, and the fish never really sounded like blues tend to do. Its color was incredible, right up to when Penley grabbed its nose for a quick photo. There were no pangas in sight and no problems. Later that day, Loper released a nice blue on 30-pound conventional tackle.