In November of 1954, Marlin Parker's father, Kona charter Captain George Parker captured a 1,002-pound Pacific blue marlin. The first grander ever landed in U.S. waters, it smashed the All-Tackle world record.
His first son was born shortly thereafter and was named in honor of the great fish. It was destiny that landed Marlin Parker in the world of big game fishing.
Parker began chartering professionally in 1976. While at the helm of his first boat, the ISLANDER - only months after receiving his captain's license - he landed what, at the time, was the largest blue marlin ever weighed in at Kailua-Kona on 80-pound class tackle, a 1,257-pound monster. It was a prophetic beginning for this skipper who is regarded as one of the best marlin fisherman in the islands, and even worldwide. His largest blue to date hit the scales at an incredible 1,400 pounds. It still stands as the fourth largest Pacific blue marlin ever landed on rod and reel!
Capt. Marlin Parker's tournament record is enviable. His teams have taken first place honors more than fourteen times in major tournaments in the last 15 years, in addition to numerous "top-five" finishes and individual angler awards. He is the well earned recipient seven times of the prestigious Richard Boone Award, given to the "top skipper" in the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, and second place skipper in the 2000 Rolex / IGFA Offshore Championship Tag & Release Tournament. In more recent years Marlin was the 2002 World Cup First Place winner, also in 2002 he placed first in the Shoot Out Tournament. The luck continued in 2003 with 5 First place tournament wins for the Marlin Magic including the HIBT Henry Chee Award.
Capt. Marlin Parker has built a reputation on catching big blue marlin and has more experience catching big fish in Kona Hawaii than most any other captain in the Pacific Ocean.
Today, Marlin's experience goes beyond Kona waters. He has spent 10 seasons fishing the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, 15 years fishing in Mexico, and has spent time in Florida and Costa Rica. He has carried on his father's tradition of building custom lures and is now a well known lure maker of Marlin Magic Lures that can be found world wide.