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Clinton girl snags giant marlin

"Jocelyn Helland poses with her 373 pound blue marlin, while sister Melissa and father Patrick hold Melissa's mahimahi.While Whidbey Islanders were trying to catch 10-pound winter run salmon a Clinton girl found far more substantial fishing success in Hawaii.Jocelyn Helland, 16, was able to hook and land a huge 373 pound blue marlin, a feat made all the more remarkable because she hauled the fish in on 30-pound test line. The landing effort took more than an hour.Her mother, Jil Helland, describes the fish as a one in a million marlin. An article about Jocelyn and her catch appeared in the May issue of Western Outdoors magazine.Jocelyn attends South Whidbey High School. She was fishing with her sister, Melissa, 21, and father Patrick, on a charter boat called the Sea Wife II captained by Tim Cox. All three enjoyed success on the March trip to the Kona Coast. Melissa caught a 25-pound mahimahi and Patrick tagged and released a 30-pound striped marlin.Jocelyn caught her big blue on a lure towed behind a large purple Softhead. The marlin took a whack at the AP lure but didn't bite. Instead, the hook imbedded itself in the marlin's side fin, and Jocelyn was able to reel it in. You fish long enough and anything can happen, wrote Jim Rizzuto for Western Outdoors. He estimated the chances of snagging such a big fish as a million to one.Jil Helland said her daughter has been fishing with her dad since age five. But she'd never caught a 373 pounder before. The family gave the big fish to the charter boat captain and dined that night on the tasty mahimahi caught by Melissa, who works at Clinton Vision Clinic. "

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