Fish­ing mates land mas­sive black mar­lin

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

A HUGE black mar­lin, es­ti­mated at about 80kg, was caught by lo­cal fish­er­men at the reef on Sun­day, Au­gust 11.

The four an­glers, John ‘Hol­ly­wood’ Moore, Stu­art Burgess, Ryan Kenny and Wayne Jup­pen­latz, took ad­van­tage of the re­cent ideal con­di­tions to take Jup­pen­latz’s 38ft boat Sushi Hunter to the reef tar­get­ing bill­fish, and were amazed when Moore landed this mon­ster mar­lin, the big­gest bill­fish to be caught on the boat to date.

The fish was caught on a 15kg line. It took 45 min­utes for Moore to wear the fish out and three men to lift the mon­ster to get a photo be­fore they re­leased it.

Jup­pen­latz, who reg­u­larly trav­els from Bris­bane to the Whit­sun­days to fish, said the feel­ing on the boat was awe­some.

“We were giv­ing John stick about it tak­ing so long, and then when the fish launched we saw just how big it was” he said, adding that it made a spec­tac­u­lar sight launch­ing it­self out of the wa­ter di­rectly be­hind the boat.

Jup­pen­latz has been vis­it­ing the Whit­sun­days all his life, and is a reg­u­lar com­peti­tor in Whit­sun­day fish­ing tour­na­ments. He will be en­ter­ing Sushi Hunter in the up­com­ing Whit­sun­day Game Fish Club’s Light Tackle Game Fish Tour­na­ment in Oc­to­ber, and plans on re­vis­it­ing his new favourite, undis­closed, reef lo­ca­tion in the com­pe­ti­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the tour­na­ment, visit the game fish club’s web­site www.wgfc.com.au.

AWE­SOME CATCH: Fish­er­man Stu­art Burgess, Hol­ly­wood Moore, Ryan Kenny and Wayne Jup­pen­latz (not pic­tured) took ad­van­tage of the re­cent ideal con­di­tions to catch this es­ti­mated 80kg black mar­lin at the reef.

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