Fisherman reels in monster catch

19:44, Mar 07 2013
Daniel Walsh
Man v Fish: Fisherman Daniel Walsh poses alongside the Karina B's latest catch.

A monster northern bluefin tuna was winched onto dry land last night in front of hundreds of onlookers at Whitianga and it could signal a equally sizeable paycheque for the trio who hauled it aboard.

Skipper, and owner of commercial longliner Karina B, Wayne MacFarlane was fishing off Gisborne on Tuesday afternoon when the prized 415kg animal was dragged up on a longline hook.

Mr MacFarlane said the vibe on board was buzzing at the time.

They processed it and put it on ice immediately and it's now en route to Tokyo, Japan, where it will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

The price could push $80,000, as similar fish have in the past, but it depends on market conditions and the exchange rate isn't in their favour currently.

Mr MacFarlane's hoping to get $40,000 for it. The rest of the sale proceeds go to the many hands the fish passes through before reaching a buyer.