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Captain Dana Boardman, DC
Holistic Healthcare Doctor - Marlin Maven - Big Game Fishing Technologist
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Giant Black or Blue Marlin represent the most ambitious and highly respected angling experience.
“GRANDERS”, a fish weighing 1000 + pounds, are the mark of excellence for a truly striking catch.
MENTORSHIP MATTERS MORE
DECADES of highly productive EXPERIENCE and MENTORSHIP fishing many FULL SEASONS side-by-side with
numerous INDUSTRY LEADERS throughout all the essential GLOBAL HEAVY TACKLE HOTSPOTS –
ABSOLUTELY MATTERS MOST
Big results come from infinite real-world innovations learned over time…
WHO MENTORED YOU?
GRANDERS MARLIN CATCH RECORD
So far, I have weighed 7 Granders:
Although I have weighed many granders, I was one of the first individuals within the industry to consciously catch and release granders.
My conservation role began in 1992 as a lead Big Game Fishing ecologist and Billfish Foundation champion of tag & release. I was sincerely committed to the agreements made when fishing with Captains Gene Vanderhoek and Kevin Nakamaru when vowing to tag and release ALL of the Pacific Blue Marlin caught onboard the new 39’ Rybovich: SEA GENIE II, a historic first for the Kona fleet led by Gene; as well as being one of the first individuals to advocate Don Tyson’s Billfish Foundation tags in Kona and distributed these tags throughout the Great Barrier Reef fleet while fishing Australia onboard the new 46’ Assegai Marine: ASSEGAI.
In 1995, I invented the “SNOOTER” device with Captain Roddy Hays for the healthy release of giant Atlantic Blue Marlin in Madeira Portugal, which was featured in Marlin Magazine twice, 1998 and 2006. Also being sincerely committed to the ongoing agreement I made with Roddy to continue releasing ALL of the Atlantic Blue Marlin caught onboard MARGARITA, after Roddy planned to leave Madeira and asked me to take the reins of Atlantic Big Game in 1996. We intentionally released them all. Whether, or not, a fish appeared to be over the 1,000 pound mark. The ultimate outcome was to consciously catch and release many giant Atlantic Blue Marlin while fishing with numerous key individuals, over multiple full-seasons in Madeira Portugal 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999.
At that time, Madeira was teeming with the Who’s Who of Big Game Fishing. All rushing in to weigh their Granders. However to Roddy and me, it was absolutely more of a statement to release these magnificent Granders. This action came purely from our opposite consciousness.
After fishing the Hawaiian, Australian, and Madeiran heavy-tackle circuit nonstop 250–300 days a year for one and a half decades, I grew to understand that it was better to experience the International Big Game Fishing lifestyle as a front-line researcher and conservationist, rather than a trophy hunter. The highpoint was that every one of those grand fish in Madeira Portugal was most certainly alongside the boat and available for the taking, however, we chose to carefully revive these majestic fish using the “SNOOTER” device, removed the hook by hand, and released all of the fish – swimming upright, strong and colorful.
Back in the day, I was discounted by International trophy-hunters and the Kona fish-money fleet when slogging as a crusader for marlin conservation. And furthermore embattled as one of the first in the industry to advocate that we consciously catch and release Granders.
Eventually my vision, passion, and ongoing debates for conservation won over most clients’ egos and their distinct lust for trophies. Witnessing these individuals’ excitement and awe when releasing big fish strong, colorful and healthy with newly found intention, better equipment, and advanced techniques was absolutely elevating.
Although a staunch advocate for healthy catch and release, my overall stance is that each captain, crew and angler should have the freedom to choose how to manage their catch, in accordance with local fishery laws.
Currently developing additional equipment and techniques to ensure strong healthy fish at the moment of release. Ultimately, my goal is to deploy as many pop-up satellite archival tags (PSATs) as possible in giant black and blue marlin to establish better research data, elevate our understanding, and to gain reverence in the pursuit of these apex fish.
Thus far, intentionally caught and released many more Granders than weighed …
KONA LURE MAKER
TUNA TUBE FOUNDER
TACKLE RIGGING PROWESS
DREDGE FISHING/LURE INNOVATOR
GREEN - STICK TUNA FISHING PIONEER
HEALTHY BLUE MARLIN RELEASE VISIONARY
TAGGED and/or WEIGHED MANY 1000+ lb MARLIN
INTERNATIONAL HEAVY-TACKLE CIRCUIT VETERAN
My commitment as a world-class oceanic Big Game Fishing, Sailing, and Adventure Guide is to partner with like-minded individuals to achieve life-expanding experiences through teamwork around Hawaii and Worldwide.
As a perpetual student of life, offering both my real-world experiences and my ongoing academic endeavors to create and maintain excellent oceanic adventures, mentor others about Healthy Grander Marlin Catch & Release, and share some excellent seafood.
Captain Dana “Doc” Boardman, DC
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