A blue marlin caught off the Orange Beach coast Thursday morning could break the record for the largest caught in Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico.

Scooter Anderson reeled in a 1,145.6-pound blue marlin around 9:30 a.m. It took the angler more than two hours to get the fish in the boat. The marlin measured 139 inches by 84 inches with 20-inch stump.

The previous blue marlin record in Alabama was 851.9 pounds. The world record is a 1,402.2-pound blue marlin caught off the coast of Brazil.

Anderson, of Houston, Texas, was with Capt. Chris Mowad on board “Best Trait.”

The blue marlin is considered one of the greatest thrills for an angler. Any blue marlin weighing 1,000 pounds or more is considered a “grander.”

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