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A 19-year-old man from Texas got his wish of visiting Hawaii granted.
But what he encountered in the waters off Honolulu on Sunday was much more, than he could have ever imagined.
“We’ve been out on boats before and went out but never nothing this big,” said Tammy Colon.
Tammy Colon and her son Sterling Ellis spent part of their Sunday in Hawaiian waters. But it was no ordinary fishing trip.
“I thought it was like a porpoise or something,” said Colon. “I said it was so long I was like, I don’t know what the heck it was like a shark or something like one of those small sharks or something.”
It wasn’t a porpoise or shark tugging on Sterling’s line. It was a blue marlin – a very big one.
“Well he told me how to do it and it was like complicated, my arm hurt,” said Sterling Ellis.
“He was a great angler, he did a great job, great job,” said Karl Adams, Wild Bunch Captain.
“I thought we were going to lose it when it came close I thought we were going to lose it cause it kept pulling away and I was like it might just snap right off,” said Ellis.
Sterling battled the fish for more than an hour. KHON2’s camera was there as the boat pulled into slip at Kewalo Basin on the boat. Sterling’s catch which weighed 759 pounds.
“I thought it was going to be a small fish cause I thought he was going to say small fish mahimahi or something sounds small but then that fin came up,” said Ellis.
The 19 year old went on this fishing trip as part of his Hawaiian vacation thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Two years ago, he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease. He’s been in remission, but will have a bone marrow transplant when he returns home.
“Don’t worry about things. Can’t worry about anything and just kind of go with whatever and don’t plan on anything so just expect things to go good and they’ll go good,” shared Ellis.
He says he’s having a great time in Hawaii and appreciates all the support and kindness shown to him and his family.
“He’s just a wonderful kid, he always keeps good spirits and good personality, he’s just , he works two jobs, he’s just a wonderful kid,” added Colon.