Visnews cameras caught a glimpse of the furious contest of a tiger shark attacking a giant blue marlin hooked North of San Juan, Puerto Rico, when filming the U.
G.V. MR ERNESTO ( CHILO) BIRD FISHING IN THE WATERS TO THE NORTH OF SAN JUAN.
T.V. MR. ERNESTO FIGHTING WITH THIS VICIOUS TIGER SHARK TRYING TO PULL IN HIS LINE
L.V. SHARK JUMPING TRYING TO FREE ITSELF.
C.U. MR. ERNESTO WITH HIS LINE.
L.V. SHARK JUMPING.
C.U. ERNESTO PULLING LINE.
L.V. SHARK JUMPING.
C.U. ERNSETO ERNESTO.
L.V. SHARK BEING PULLED IN.
T.V. SHARK SWIMMING NEAR BOAT.
G.V. BACK AT PUERTO RICO BOATS BRINGING IN THEIR CATCH
S.V. MEXICAN CREW UNLOADING A BLUE MARLIN.
S.V. AMERICAN CREW UNLOADING THE HEAVIEST CATCH A 304 POUND BLUE MARLIN.
S.V. VENEZUELAN CREW UNLOADING THEIR CATCH.
FRONT V. MEMBERS OF THE FOUR TEAMS.
C.U. MEXICAN WITH CAP AND HOLDING LINE.
C.U. ANOTHER TYPE.
C.U. THE ABOVE WITH " TEXAS GAME FISHING CLUB " WRITTEN ON THE BACK OF HIS JACKET.
S.V. BLUE MARLIN BEING STRUNG.
S.C.U. HEADS OF BLUE MARLINS.
S.V. BLUE MARLINS STRUNG UP.
S.C.U. AT THE SAN JUAN'S YACHT CLUB, THE WINNER, MR. JIM O'DONNEL , RECEIVES 3000 DOLLARS SCHAEFFER CUP. WITH HIM IS MR. BIRD WHO HAD WORLD RECORD HOOKED.
C.U. BIRD HOLDING HALF OF CUP.
C.U. THE WINNER JIM O'DONELL WITH CUP.
Initials JRG/CW A.W./R.L.
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Background: Visnews cameras caught a glimpse of the furious contest of a tiger shark attacking a giant blue marlin hooked North of San Juan, Puerto Rico, when filming the U.S. Island's fifth deep sea game fish contest.
The two giants, lashed in fury in this unexpected contest within a contest - claimed to be the world's second largest.
These waters are reputedly the best for hooking blue marlin in the South West Atlantic where the Greater and Lesser Antilles enclose the Caribbean Sea to the South. Game anglers from clubs in the U.S., Venezuela, and Mexico jousted with the Puerto Ricans for the trophies.
Fifteen blue marlins were caught during the first two days of the six day tournament -- a new world record. Jim O'donell, of the Washington, D.C. Team, scored the winning points by hooking, the last day of the tourney, a 304 pound blue marlin.
Ernesto (Chilo) Bird, prominent Puerto Rican banker and game fisherman, was the man who fought both Marlin and shark angling for marlin four miles off San Juan, he hooked a big one (according to his reckoning, the fish could have weighed from 500 to 600 pounds). Bird was using a number fifty line, whose tensile strength was only fifteen pounds. This circumstances enhanced the importance of the marlin -- a probable world record.
But when the fight between man, fish and sea was at its height, the vicious tiger shark attacked. A member of Bird's crew tried to kill the shark with a loaded bait but in its fight to free itself from the hook, the shark cut with its dorsal fin his line.
At San Juan's yacht club, Jim O'Donell received on behalf of the National Game Fish Conservation Club, the $3,000 Schaeffer Cup. The Washington team scored 1349.5 points. Puerto Rico's Nautical club took second place, Venezuela's Playa Grande Club was third.