The water was green all the way out to the bank, so the crew pushed further north in an attempt to find blue water before putting out their spread. Because Garcia and the rest of the crew were practicing for the 30-pound Top Fish Tournament, they fished 20s and 30s. The first few hours of fishing were slow, but around 10 a.m., the first marlin of the day came into the spread. Even though it didn’t commit, just seeing the fish raised the hopes of the crew. Shortly after the sighting, another fish appeared and showed moderate interest in a ballyhoo, but just like the one before, it didn’t want to play ball. Things changed around
11 a.m., when a massive blue came into the spread and struck the short portside bait. Garcia started the fight standing up, but after 40 minutes, his hands needed a rest, so he requested the harness. The fight continued, and after an hour and half, the crew released the marlin.