"I really wanted to prove to others and myself that there were still plenty of people out there who could engage in competition at the highest levels and be totally trustworthy."
"Your captian guides your boat through coral heads, rough inlets fog and storm. Doesn't that deserve respect?"
"Drenched with saltwater stinging my eyes, I lunged the straight gaff into the darkness where I guessed the fish's head might be."
"I now realize that I can no longer kill any billfish, in any ocean, for any reason."
Recently, a low-res version of the image you see here went viral among anglers on the Internet, spawning endless speculation and wild claims. Here, finally, is the real story from Tred, the man who was there. — Ed.
During the Miami Boat Show in February, a most unusual incident occurred. It’s no secret that Capt. Peter B. Wright and I have never seen eye to eye. Our petty skirmishes back and forth in Marlin and Sport Fishing magazines have been going on for a long time.
Charlie Hayden was not just another one of us; he was part of the fabric and soul of bluewater fishing.
I Propose the Treasure Cay Barta Blue Marlin Classic, a Dead-Bait Blue Marlin Release Tournament
From the early 1970s through today, like many other traditionalists, I have practiced the art of light-tackle angling.