Brown buckles down for big blue and big money

Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

Although the marlin wowed the crowd at the marina Saturday, it's not the biggest he's ever landed.

He said he caught an 800- to 900-pound blue marlin off Panama several years ago and then a 631-pounder in the Pensacola International.

"That was a good one. They are all awesome in my mind," he said.

As for the one they hung up at Baytowne, Brown said they hooked it about 8:30 a.m. Friday. "When it took the bait it took off. The line was screaming off and the next thing we know it's jumping out to starboard side of the boat. So the line was out in a big belly, so we had to retrieve all that. The fish probably jumped about 15 or 20 times over the fight, which was neat to watch."

Brown said he wasn't worried about himself wearing out, but the line.

"Once it died, it gets very heavy on the line and you've got all kinds of connections between you and the fish. All kinds of reasons that it could come apart but it didn't."

Brown said when the marlin started to free fall, the others on the boat asked him what he thought.

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