Kawhia fishing trip lands the big one - a 63kg pig

Last updated 21:56 17/07/2016
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Ray Crake caught a pig swimming in Kawhia Harbour while out fishing.

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Ray Crake has no need to tell porkies after pulling a 63kg whopper pig aboard while fishing. 

The Kawhia man and his five grandchildren were on the hunt for snapper  when they took the boat out on  Kawhia Harbour to try catch a fish or two for dinner but instead managed to pull a wild pig from the drink instead. 

Crake said he and his grandchildren went fishing last weekend when they saw the hefty boar paddling across the harbour. 

"The pig just swam out into the channel and I thought oh, we will go and have a look. When we got closer it sort of swam towards us," he said. 

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"The grandkids love their hunting and they got a bit excited. We'd only been there an hour and we didn't get any bites, then we saw the pig and thought, let's try and get that." 

Crake and his grandson got down to business when the potential roast meal swam closer. 

They stuck the boar in the ribs and pulled it onto the boat. 

"Once we got the pig, we gave up the fishing," he said. 

"The grandkids put it on Facebook - I don't even know how to do that."

Crake who is a keen hunter and fisherman said in all his years out on the water he had never seen anything like it. 

"It's the first time I've fished out a pig. It doesn't happen very often," he said. 

"Too right it's a good yarn for the grandkids." 

Crake said he had given a majority of the meat away to family and friends but has kept a bit in the freezer. 

"There was a bit of concern from people who think its cruel. They thought we drowned it - but we stuck it straight away in the ribs, especially when you get a big boy, because that's where the heart is."  

It's not the first time a paddling porker has hot the headlines.

Last year two Whitianga fishermen caught a 63kg boar near the Coromandel. 

Glen Dobbs and a friend were out fishing as part of the Bounty Hunter Fishing Tournament when they encountered a wild boar swimming a few kilometres off the coast of Coromandel town.

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