Club celebrates end of marlin drought
"It was bloody hard work, I'll tell you that."HANNAH FLEMING
Reeling in a marlin has been a long time coming for the Cape Egmont Boat Club.
But Kerry "Boots" Brophy ended the club's six-year drought on Friday when he caught a 129.2kg marlin off Puniho Rd.
It took the 45-year-old more than 40 minutes to pull in the fish with the spear-like bill, but he said it was worth every second.
"It was bloody hard work, I'll tell you that.
"The skipper, Diver, he did a good job of getting the boat in the right position and the fish in the right direction. He's the one with the tough job and he did bloody well."
Mr Brophy said his skipper nearly broke the drought about two weeks ago, however, couldn't quite reel the beauty in.
"He said it was a lot bigger than this one, but yeah, he lost it at the boat."
Although an experienced fisherman, it was the Parihaka Rd resident's first marlin catch, and probably his last for a while, he said.
"I think I've done my dash on the marlin. It's hard work, but it was a very good day out for all of us.
"It's a good result for the Cape Egmont Boat Club."
Urenui Boat Club member Denis Mills also had a good Saturday on the water after catching a 24kg kingfish.
"I was lucky as it was half hitched around the anchor rope. It was a normal big-fish battle and took 30 minutes to land it," Mr Mills said.
New Plymouth man Darren Erb and his 10-year-old son Jakob landed a 132kg striped marlin off Port Taranaki yesterday to continue what has been an encouraging start to the big game season here.
New Plymouth Sportfishing and Underwater Club president, Alan Melody, said the region's warm water and good weather had made for an excellent start to the game fishing season.
A number of marlin had been tagged and released, as well as caught, with the first of the season coming in on January 12 - about three weeks earlier than last year.
"We haven't had a season start this early for a number of years. We normally fish through into April so there's a bit of time left yet."
Mr Melody said if the conditions remained similar until then, he had high expectations for the season.
"If it's a good season we get a lot of visitors from out of town staying in the motels, which is very good for New Plymouth.
"They have to stay somewhere, they have to fill their boats up with petrol and they have to buy a hamburger somewhere, which benefits the city."
Mr Melody said the heaviest marlin to be caught thus far had been 177kg, which was snagged off the New Plymouth coast.
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