Catch to feed fam­ily for months

Cambridge Edition - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - EMMA JAMES

‘‘It will try and run any­where it can so you need to drive the boat around, wind in the slack and keep chas­ing it’’ Mike Bell

It took Cam­bridge man Mike Bell ex­actly one hour to reel in the big­gest fish he has ever caught.

At 104 kilo­grams, the gi­ant striped mar­lin was an ‘‘un­be­liev­able’’ catch.

Bell caught the huge fish in Kawhia on March 7, two weeks af­ter los­ing one on the line.

‘‘It’s pretty big for a mar­lin, it’s not the big­gest, they can get over 125kg but they can also be quite small at 80 - 90kg.

‘‘So to get one over 100kg was re­ally cool,’’ he said.

The keen fish­er­man had been try­ing to hook a big fish for months, af­ter a friend caught one last year.

He spent about 10 hours on the wa­ter ev­ery week­end and some­times week­days, when the weather was fine.

He said the fish would feed his fam­ily for months.

‘‘Half of it is in the freezer and I have given a lot of it away. I di­vided it up with peo­ple on the boat so they got about 20kgs each too,’’ he said.

He only had a 24kg line and so it proved ’’a real chal­lenge’’ to haul the fish in.

‘‘The driver of the boat is as im­por­tant as the per­son reel­ing it in, be­cause you kind of have to chase it.’’

He was wear­ing a har­ness and a gim­ble belt to help.

‘‘You can’t let the fish stop. It will try and run any­where it can so you need to drive the boat around, wind in the slack and keep chas­ing it.

‘‘Be­fore we go out we al­ways get ex­cited about what we might catch when re­ally we have no idea, and then when I hooked this one it was ab­so­lute car­nage.’’

Be­fore the mar­lin, his big­gest catch was a 15kg king­fish, which at the time he thought was big.

‘‘But that size doesn’t re­ally do it jus­tice any­more,’’ he laughed.

‘‘It was a bit hard to be­lieve, even when we got it on the boat, it took a while to sink in.’’

Bell has fished for many years, mainly just from his kayak to catch snap­per and king­fish.

SUPPLIED

Keen Cam­bridge fish­er­man Mike Bell and his 104kg mar­lin that was caught in Kawhia.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.