Captain Jose Campos is an angling legend in his native Puerto Rico, with hundreds of billfish landed over six decades
and enough trophy hardware to fill
the bragging room at his home in the
Miramar section of San Juan.
“I won my first tournament back
in 1957 at Cangrejos Yacht Club with
a 437-pound blue marlin caught on a
charter vessel. I got a big trophy but no
cash,” says the gregarious 84-year-old.
He has fished the Atlantic from
Brazil to Nova Scotia, targeting big
offshore species, especially billfish and
Old-salt angler still reeling
in the big ones
bluefin tuna, while winning tournaments
for giant tuna and blue marlin along the
way. More impressive, Campos tagged
his 315th blue
marlin – a Puerto
Rican record – just
two years ago.
“I fought it for
about two hours
with my 80-pound
rig, with 40-pound
drag. It was my
eighth blue marlin
weighing over 600
pounds,” he says.
BY RICH ARMSTRONG
Captain Jose Campos
(above) is still an
his native Puerto
Rico at age 84.