(CNN) — A New York City teenager made the biggest catch of his life when he reeled in a 1,058-pound blue marlin off the coast of Hawaii.
Kai Rizzuto’s catch came in about 300 pounds short of the International Game Fish Association’s 1982 world record for blue marlin, which was caught in nearby Kaaiwi Point, about 10 miles up the Kona coast.
Kai, who lives in Brooklyn, visits his grandfather on the Big Island every year. He has been fishing since he was 2 and apprenticed as a deckhand on a charter boat two summers ago.
Before this, the biggest fish Kai caught was around 55 pounds, he told CNN. By comparison, this week’s catch came in around 14 feet long, about “five times as big as me” in terms of weight and twice his height, including the bill.
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