Big mar­lin a record for an­gler

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - An­drea Falvo

A CAIRNS fish­er­man has reeled in po­ten­tially the big­gest mar­lin of the sea­son so far.

Dur­ing his reg­u­lar fish­ing trip at the week­end, Mathew Berg­amo hooked a black mar­lin that tipped the scales at 1058 pounds (480kg).

Mr Berg­amo said the mar­lin took two and a half hours to reel in.

“I caught that at Lin­den Bank just out of Cairns,” he said.

“I have caught a few be­fore, I’ve spent most of my life do­ing mar­lin deck­ing staff and barra fish­ing so I’ve come across quite a few over my time.

“But I’ve never caught one in the boat be­fore, so it was pretty spe­cial.

“I’ve let go a big­ger one be­fore, but this is the only I’ve ever weighed.

“It’s usu­ally some­thing I try and avoid, but it was pretty tired and there were a few sharks around so we de­cided rather than wast­ing it we’d put it in the boat.”

With 15 years of ex­pe­ri­ence un­der his belt as a fish­ing guide, Mr Berg­amo said tuna had proved to be a suc­cess­ful bait for mar­lin fish­ing.

He said 99.9 per cent of the mar­lins caught were re­leased back into the wa­ter.

“There’s a lot of big ones out there at the mo­ment and in the last week there’s been some re­ally big ones caught out of Cairns,” he said.

“If you get a hole in the weather it’s def­i­nitely worth go­ing out and hav­ing a crack be­cause they are there.

“The mar­lin sea­son will run right through un­til Jan­uary, but most of the char­ter boats wrap up around the start to mid De­cem­ber.”

Cairns fish­er­man Mathew Berg­amo caught a 1058 pound (480kg) black mar­lin off Cairns.

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