Hutt man hooks the big one
Richard Tetau jumped in the water with a knife to make sure he landed a kingfish off Rhona Wharf.
He hooked the 25kg fish on a line that was only 20kg breaking strain and when it headed underneath the wharf, he knew he had to do something drastic.
His response was to get in the water and stab the fish with a knife before dragging it ashore.
Hutt News published a story on Tuesday about a 14kg kingfish caught off the Waione St Pipebridge. Mr Tetau says he saw that article and had already decided to make catching a kingfish his goal for 2013.
Kingfish are sometimes seen in the harbour but are seldom hooked and only very occasionally landed.
When he got a call from some mates yesterday to say a kingfish was hanging around the wharf he grabbed his gear and went down.
The kingfish was chasing a school of kawhai and Mr Tetau got the shock of his life when he hooked it.
"Because I jumped in and stabbed it, it only took 20 minutes (to land); usually it would take an hour."
The monster fish attracted plenty of attention.
"I am on a high after catching it and all the locals were pretty excited too."
The local butcher filleted it for him and his plan was to give much of it away. The head will be mounted and put on display.
"I am going to smoke the bones, they will be nice smoked."
Mr Tetau is a regular at the wharf and catches a steady stream of kawhai.
"On a good day we can catch 10 kawhai but we give them away to people who have not caught any. We always share."
He is not aware of any other kingfish being caught.
"I know people who have been targeting them for 40 years and (caught) nothing but it was just my day today."
The one that did not get away: Richard Tetau is going to mount the head of a 25kg kingfish he caught in Eastbourne.