BREAKING NEWS OHA reports 376 new cases, 7 deaths Full Story
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

18-year-old reels in monster Marlin off Oahu on father's 50th birthday

A Chicago family visiting Oahu landed the catch of a lifetime off Kewalo Basin Sunday morning.18-year old Brid...

Posted: Mar 27, 2018 4:10 AM
Updated: Mar 27, 2018 4:10 AM

A Chicago family visiting Oahu landed the catch of a lifetime off Kewalo Basin Sunday morning.

18-year old Bridgette Collins and her family chose to celebrate her father's 50th birthday in Hawaii. For his special day, they decided to go fishing.

They left in the morning on an Island Charters Sport fishing boat, and after several hours of waiting for something to bite their bait, finally heard the line snap.

"The fish jumped out of the water and we pointed it out. It was pretty far out, a little further than I anticipated." Explained Chris Collins, Bridgette's father.

He said Bridgette didn't hesitate to jump into action while they cheered her on.

"My dad brought the reel over and I was just reeling it in for an hour and a half. It was really tough. My arm was falling off." Said Bridgette.

Eventually, three people were able to hoist the beast on board, finally revealing their hard-earned prize, a nearly 450-pound Marlin.

"I thought it was awesome. That's the biggest fish I've ever seen in my life." Explained Bridgette.

For the Collins, it was the first and last catch of the day.

"We had to come in because of the size of the fish. We were supposed to be out there till 4:00 this afternoon and they said we don't have enough ice. We have to bring it in." said Bridgette's mother, Betty Collins.

Local fishermen say catching a large Marlin is more common than you think, but for this family it was a once in a lifetime experience.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 21010

Reported Deaths: 355
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah484994
Washington304725
Marion288370
Umatilla225128
Clackamas152340
Malheur76814
Deschutes59610
Lane5793
Jackson4612
Yamhill45013
Lincoln4149
Union3942
Jefferson3554
Morrow3543
Polk31312
Linn27710
Klamath2012
Wasco1893
Hood River1840
Benton1696
Douglas1501
Josephine1142
Columbia940
Coos910
Clatsop850
Crook471
Baker380
Tillamook340
Lake320
Wallowa191
Sherman160
Curry150
Harney100
Gilliam40
Grant40
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 67°
Corvallis
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 67°
Roseburg
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 67°
North Bend
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 64°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events