New Mexico native catches massive marlin off coast of Hawaii

HONOLULU (KRQE) – A New Mexico man has quite the fishing story to tell.

Las Cruces native Mike Bumberger caught a massive marlin off Hawaii’s Kona Coast on Sunday.

The first-time deep-sea fisherman says he hooked the marlin in an area only about 400 feet deep.

“It was a shock. He saw it jump out, my father saw it jump out of the water and then we saw it jumping in front of the boat after it was hooked, and we just started reeling it in. It was just a battle from there,” Mike Bumberger said.

Bumberger says the marlin weighed in at 600 pounds, but it could be heavier because it was too big to fit completely on the scale. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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