Dawn Breaker Game Fishing Charters captain Brendon Nicholas reeled a 156.8 kilogramme striped marlin on Monday, setting a new record for the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club.
Captain Nicholas was accompanied by tourists John Walton, Geoff Maxwell and Peter Watson.
Chantal Napa, Captain Nicholas’ wife, said the striped marlin was a massive catch for the crew.
“Brendon wants to say a big thank you to Trader Don Beer for supplying an awesome fishing gear to us locals and this includes rods, reels, lures, etc.,” she posted on Facebook.
Napa said the $1200 worth Shimano Tiagra 80WA Big Game Reel which they bought last week was worth it.
“It has caught two marlin in two weeks on our boat. This is Brendon’s second striped marlin (this species) in 10 years, over a period of about 18,500 hours of fishing time, hence our excitement. Congratulations to all on board.”
Nicholas said it took him about 40 minutes to reel in the big fish.
“We were just on the marlin lure about 4.5 nautical miles from the seawall which is about seven to eight kilometres,” he said.
“What actually happened was I got a call from Air Rarotonga pilot Daniel Ngatokorua. He saw something big and white floating five to six nautical miles away from the seawall.
“So we went to that area to have a look and came back with the big catch.”
The Rarotonga-based Dawn Breaker Game Fishing Charters provides game fishing experience to tourists and locals.
It can cater for a maximum of four people on a charter trip of 4.5 hours. For more information, contact Napa on 27057 or 77058.