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Angler lands 310-pound blue marlin off Destin coast at new Okaloosa fish buoys

Nick Tomecek
Northwest Florida Daily News

Angler John Dean caught a 310-pound blue marlin last Friday near one of Okaloosa County’s recently deployed fish aggregating device buoys in the Gulf of Mexico, while fishing aboard the vessel Perdido Key.

The buoys are 60-80 miles offshore and in 1,100-2,400 feet of water.

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Angler John Dean caught a 310-pound blue marlin last Friday near one of Okaloosa County’s recently deployed fish aggregating device buoys in the Gulf of Mexico. The buoys are 60-80 miles offshore and in 1,100-2,400 feet of water.

The buoys are also equipped with weather stations that will provide anglers with real-time weather conditions.

Anglers pose with the blue marlin near the fish aggregating device buoy.

County officials used $574,000 in county bed-tax money to cover the cost of eight fish aggregating device buoys and their deployment.

View these photos of the marlin taken by Alex Fogg, Okaloosa County coastal resource manager.