Current Lines April 2016 Issue 1

The sun is shining, there is a zephyr of breeze from variable headings.  It’s calm, warm and the radio is on full volume with the BOSS singing, “Glory days, well they’ll pass you by, Glory days in the wink of a Marlin’s eye, glory days, glory days.  Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture a little of the glory of, well time slips away and leaves you with nothing mister but, stories of glory days!”

STOP THE PRESS; always wanted to say this, a first from our Capital, “Cook Strait gives up the first rod and reel caught Broadbill. Jonathan Delich has finally ticked one particular catch off his bucket list. Delich and three of his mates hauled in a Swordfish estimated to weigh about 140 kilograms overnight during the early hours of Wednesday on a “calm, glassy” night in Cook Strait. “It’s been years and hundreds of hours of drifting in the ocean,” He had never heard of another Swordfish catch in Cook Strait, and some of his friends have claimed it is the first! (apologies for the miss-information earlier, credit where credit is due, a great catch for Jonathan.)

More from Wellywood – during this year’s SIMRAD NZSFC Nationals, teams from “Wellington Surfcasting & Angling Club” featured prominently, winning;

Kahawai team champions

2nd Skipjack section

1st & 2nd Snapper section

2nd & 3rd Trevally section

2nd Champion Angler Albacore

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Champion Kahawai Angler

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Champion Snapper Angler

3rd in the Champion Skipjack and Trevally Angler sections

Including a further 8-line class championships. A great result for a club that is growing participation well and supporting the cause of more fish in the water. This is the only club that is affiliated to both NZSFC and NZACA.

From Mangere Boating Club; – we weighed a Striped Marlin for angler Phil Blake weighing in at 93.4 kg off the vessel “Johnny Boy”.  This was both Phil and “Johnny Boys” first Marlin, well done.

From Mangawhai; – at our recent Easter competition a couple of winning fish were; heaviest Snapper, Keegan Anderson 9.01kg and heaviest Kingfish, Darryl Goosen 28.25kg.

A new pending world record Striped Marlin weighed in at Whangaroa, on 27th March.  Mikhail Cowan was out fishing on SABRA and landed a 211.6kg Striped Marlin on 37kg line.  Initially called in as a Blue Marlin, it has now had the paperwork filled out and submitted as a Striped Marlin and the record claim lodged.  If ratified Mikhail’s fish will have beaten the existing record caught in 1982 by B Jenkinson that weighed 206.5kg.

From out West – the Manukau Sport Fishing club have had a busy season, with a couple of more memorable captures to date.  Jay Curley landed a Blue Marlin weighing in at 182.8kg on 24kg line, fishing from the vessel “The Tinny”.  Instead of attending a meeting, Mark Kelly and the good ship “Dorado” headed out with a couple of mates where Chris Williams landed what could be the heaviest Yellowfin Tuna for the club on 37kg line weighing in at 79.6kg out from the mighty West Coast.

A quick note from a close friend Steve; – We just got back from a quick trip to the Three Kings on Pastis.  9 year old hooked a 33kg Yellowfin Tuna, we tagged two Striped Marlin, 1 for dad and 1 for the 9-year-old.  On the way home we got an 84kg Big Eye and a good Mahimahi.  The water was 22o water on the King Bank. (just after Easter)

Rumor has it from Warkworth that Grant Hamilton over Easter went out and caught a 101kg Broadbill.  Another great fish for the Warkworth Gamefish Club.

Another rumor, the New Plymouth Sportfishing and Underwater Club managed to record 100 Striped Marlin tagged, and or landed in a three day period.  With fishing like this, one could ask, why go North? The fishing has been so close to shore that the public are watching this action from the beach!


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