Tyrel Lovelace, a 2009 graduate of Anadarko High School, went to Maui on his senior trip as part of his graduation gift from his parents, Pamela & Craig Lovelace.
While in Maui, Tyrel was taken on a deep sea fishing trip and caught a trophy Pacific Blue Marlin weighing 592.4 lbs. The fight to land the fish was 90 minutes and Tyrel was exhausted when it was over.
The fish was brought in to Lahaina harbor and at the time, was the biggest Blue Marlin to be caught there this season.
Blue Marlin are the true giants of the sport fish world, They lurk in the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands, waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting tuna or a lure bubbling and splashing behind a boat.
They are generally loners and put on a spectacular battle when hooked, jumping all over the surface while also staying under and fighting down and dirty. Battles with these monsters can last three hours or more.
Blue Marlin are caught trolling artificial lures and live baiting. The blue marlin average 200 pounds, but that number is skewed because the male fish rarely exceed that.
All the larger fish are generally females. They range in size from 100 to 1,000 pounds and the largest Blue marlin caught anywhere in the world was caught in Hawaii, 1,805 pounds.