Seen in a shocking sequence of photos capturing the event on Thursday, the boat teeters toward the hooked marlin splashing above the waves before gradually capsizing and vanishing in the deep.
As both astonishing and affirming as the pictures appear, that this single marlin surely out took an entire boat and its crew, the boat’s alleged manufacturer close to those involved explains otherwise.
Catch of the day: Fishermen off Panama's coast had just hooked a massive marlin seen splashing behind them when things took a turn for the worst
Big mistake: The captain is said to have slipped while putting the boat into reverse to back down on the fish and consequently hit the throttle into full reverse and take on water
Frenzy: The marlin is easily seen prancing above the water as the crew becomes frantic to save their sinking shipIt was allegedly a captain's error that submerged the ship following a rogue wave that knocked him off balance, the source wrote with Marlin Magazine's photo of the incident on their Facebook wall.
The manufacturer was quick to defend the ship's strength and performance writing that the boat has previously captured 'hundreds of Marlin without issue or concern.'
The captain is said to have slipped while putting the boat in reverse or, backing down on the fish, to help reel it in.
Rising up: Both the boat and the marlin's nose are seen in the air now as the boat rocks into the swarming waves
Scurrying: One man is seen clutching onto the side of the boat while another appears already half-way under while facing the still jumping fish
Strength: The boat's alleged manufacturer wrote in to Marlin Magazine's Facebook page to argue the strength of their boats claiming it has captured hundreds of similar fish in the same area before
One that got away: The marlin is seen jumping above where the boat once floated while all crew members are said to have been rescued without any injuries reportedThat mistake by the ship's turbulence caused him to allegedly hit the throttle into full reverse causing the boat to abruptly lurch backwards and take on water.
'You can see how this might happen as you know when fighting a fish the Captain is facing aft with his hand on the throttles and when slipped the last thing your hand is holding onto is the throttle controls,' they wrote.
No one was said to have been hurt and all were rescued by the boat photographing the incident.
Sadly for the boat, it's said to have sunk to the bottom and the fish - who made a visible skip across the waves long after the boat was gone – may forever be known simply as 'the one that got away.'