Molly Palmer could have had a share of a $129,690 purse and a world record. But, she, and her crew, decided to tell the truth.
Palmer was fishing off the Kona Coast last weekend when she hooked a blue marlin that weighed 1,022.5 pounds, according to the Big Island Marlin Tournament.
In the sport, a marlin cannot be caught unless it is at the surface of the ocean. Palmer's fish stayed deep.
She needed help to get the marlin to the surface, which would disqualify her catch in the tournament.
The decision was made to help her land the fish, but the crew knew this meant they would win no money. They never considered cheating.
It took five men two hours, in addition to the four hours Palmer spent struggling with the marlin, to get it to the dock.