What kind of fish were you reeling in when you were 16-years-old? Crappies and Bluegills? E.J. Nettles is 16-years-old and he landed a 400-pound blue marlin. To boot, Nettles caught this behemoth during a tournament and jettisoned his team into third place.
Nettles, from Charleston, South Carolina, is competing in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, North Carolina this week. On the third day of the tourney, Nettles reeled in the massive 9-foot, 400.4-pound blue marlin, which three times his weight. The junior angler became the first teen to weigh in a blue marlin in the tournament’s 60-year history.
“It’s an awesome feeling to catch a fish in my first Big Rock and bring it to the scales,” Nettles said. “When he bit, he came up on the left side of the boat and didn’t take the bait at first but then he did and I picked the rod up and fought him for about 45 minutes or so.”