Captain Marlin Parker’s birth was heralded by his father catching a 1,002 blue marlin— the first grander ever caught in US waters—only weeks before. Marlin’s father, Captain George Parker, was a big game fishing pioneer and a central figure in the development of Kailua-Kona as one of sportfishing’s most hallowed grounds. Marlin grew up on the docks during a golden age of fishing history. Now, one of the world’s foremost blue marlin captains, it is safe to say that Captain Marlin Parker comes by it naturally.
From making some of the finest lures in the world (Marlin Magic) to catching monstrous blue marlin— a 1,257 and a 1,400 to his credit, Parker has expanded the Parker family legacy. In addition to Parker’s lifetime of experience fishing the waters around Kona (he began professionally chartering in 1976), he has extensive international fishing experience to his credit, including: 10 seasons fishing Australia, 24 seasons in Mexico, as well as time in Costa Rica and Florida.
Parker’s tournament resume stands testament to his fishing prowess-- His teams have taken first place honors more than fourteen times in major tournaments in the last 15 years, including winning the 2002 Blue Marlin World Cup. Parker’s 1,400 pound behemoth stands as the fourth largest Pacific blue marlin ever caught on rod and reel.
Captain Marlin Parker can be found at the helm of the Marlin Magic II, a custom built 54’ Allied Marine. The Marlin Magic II is perfectly stationed for fishing the calm, marlin-rich waters surrounding Kona and for expeditions into more remote reaches of the Pacific. Joining Parker on the Marlin Magic II is chef/artist/photographer extraordinaire, Carol Lynne. Lynne is a featured artist in the Pelagic Ocean Conservancy Project whose photography from the Marlin Magic II makes you want to jump on the next flight to Hawaii.