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Whopper wahoo sets local record

Tuesday September 19, 2017 Written by Published in Local
Dawn Breaker skipper Brendon Nicholas (left), angler Ra Te Maru and the giant wahoo. 17091826 Dawn Breaker skipper Brendon Nicholas (left), angler Ra Te Maru and the giant wahoo. 17091826

Local charter fishing boat operator Brendon Nicholas and visiting fisherman Ra Te Maru were pretty proud of themselves on Friday after catching a 73.6kg wahoo, the heaviest landed on Rarotonga since game fishing records began.

 

The two men, together with Te Maru’s wife Tayla Rule-Te Maru, were on Nicholas’ boat Dawn Breaker when they hooked the giant fish out in front of Avatiu harbour. The wahoo was weighed at the Cook Islands Fishing Club, and weighmaster Peter Etches said it clearly beat all records.

Nicholas’ partner, Chantal Napa, says the fish was hooked at around 9.15am and took 30 minutes to reel in.

“There was lots of excitement and jubilation on board once it was landed.

“Brendon said they went out wide from Matavera point and came back onto the coast right in front of town and hooked up in front of Avatiu.”

While Ra and Tayla will certainly remember their stay as it isn’t their first visit to Rarotonga, says Napa.

“They are repeat clients and friends of Brendon.

They are here for their first wedding anniversary - they got married in Rarotonga last year.”

Etches says the whopper wahoo was unfortunately not a competition fish. A contest began at the club on Saturday, but it didn’t go well.

“There’s no story to tell, nothing exciting for your readers, or for us. It was quite disappointing. Just 13 boats and 28 fish landed. The largest was a mere 14.3 kg maimai.

“Hopefully we will get a better response from both the fishermen and fish in next month’s competition.”