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Quite a catch: Record marlin landed by family with local ties

Posted: Thursday, Jan 3rd, 2013

Mark Gath of Luverne, Minn., along with sons Dalton and Stetson Gath, pose with the record marlin they landed while fishing off the Great Barrier Reef. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

LUVERNE, Minn. — After a 90-minute fight, Mark Gath of Luverne, Minn., along with his sons, Dalton and Stetson landed a record black marlin off the coach of the Great Barrier Reef during a recent trip to Australia.

Gath is the son-in-law of Lowell and LaVaye Dubro of rural Iroquois.

The 16-foot long fish weighed in at 1,220 pounds, making it the biggest black marlin caught in the world during 2012.

Assisting with landing the fish were the captain of the boat, along with his two first mates and Gath’s close friend Kelly Bunde of Garretson. The captain, who has chartered a boat for 20 years, said the marlin was the biggest fish he’s seen during a fishing venture.

Stetson Gath, who was strapped to a chair during the duration of the fight to reel in the fish, will receive credit on the captain’s register for landing the fish.

The South Dakota State University student reeled the marlin to the side of the boat twice before one of the first mates were able to gaff the fish on the third opportunity.

A replica of the marlin will be made to be placed on the wall of the families’ home in Luverne.

For the complete article see the 01-02-2013 issue.

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