A 550-pound blue marlin was landed by the crew of a 24-foot boat last week, but not before it towed the Key West center console for about 11 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

The 110-inch fish, with a girth of 58 inches and a 16-inch tail, fought for two hours before getting tail-wrapped and drowning around the 300-fathom line northeast of Cape Lookout.

So what does a huge marlin look like in a 24-foot boat?

“It pretty much takes up the whole boat,” said Mark Chambers of Morehead City, N.C., who was at the controls of a 24-foot boat Key West owned by Steven Meyers of Burlington last Monday. “On the way back in, I had to run the trim tabs on one side all the way down.”

For the rest of this big fish story, click here and get all the details from Dan Kibler and our friends at the North Carolina Sportsman.