Not long after they set their lines out, a triple-header of blue marlin mobbed into the spread, and Hampl managed to hook the one that ate the right rigger. They got the fish boat-side in a matter of minutes. After that first fish, it was white-knuckled action. They raised 24 blue marlin, released 10 and tagged seven of them. Since, Hampl was the only angler, they had several doubles and triples in their spread at times that they couldn’t catch, so their release-to-raised ratio was fairly low. All of the fish were caught on stand-up gear with circle hooks, and most of the fish were caught through bait-and-switch, but a few of them also took live bait.