On Tuesday, March 20 a 142.5kg striped marlin was caught near Baylys by local resident Ross Sherman, by hauling it in on a long line.
While fishing for kahawai and snapper using a torpedo kontiki, Mr Sherman and family noticed a large splash in the water about 1.5km from shore, before his line started heading out to sea. When they pulled on it, it broke, and son Aaron went out on his surfboard thinking it may be a shark but discovered the marlin, so tied the long line around its tail, and they pulled it in to shore.
“I’m totally overwhelmed,” said Mr Sherman. “The fish coming in was awesome to see, and if it’s one of the first in New Zealand to be landed off a long line, it’s just awesome.”
Bob Fowlie, the Northern Wairoa Boating Club weighmaster said, “Recent marlin have averaged around 112-116kg, but this one is quite fat.”