Fishing: Light Fantastic

To non-fishermen, Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea may be just another fish story. Not to Robert Clarke, 58, a civil engineer for whom a pleasant afternoon of trolling off Argus Bank, Bermuda, recently turned into a Hemingwayesque adventure. It was 4:45 when Skipper Russell Young of the charter boat Sea Wolfe hollered "Strike!" as a reel, loaded with 800 yds. of 30-lb.-test monofilament line, began to sing. Clarke grabbed the rod, set the hook, and gaped with astonishment as a monstrous blue marlin leaped clear of the water. "My...