Asked this week if club members had ever caught a wahoo anywhere near the size of the 73.6kg kg monster, caught off the fishing charter vessel Dawn Breaker last Friday, Etches said unfortunately, the club’s ability to keep records of fish was not good, “to say the least”.
“This is largely due to a change of management at each annual general meeting, particularly a change to the position of weighmaster, who is responsible for running competitions and keeping records.
“This is my first year in this position, but I have been secretary for most of the last 20 years, except for last year when I was in New Zealand having a hip replacement.
“Having said this, I am pretty certain that the wahoo is a club record, but unfortunately I cannot verify it with any documents.”
Brendon Nicholas, visiting fisherman Ra Te Maru and Te Maru’s wife Tayla Rule-Te Maru, were on Nicholas’ boat Dawn Breaker when they hooked the wahoo out in front of Avatiu harbour.
The fish was hooked at around 9.15am and took 30 minutes to land.
The biggest wahoo on International Game Fishing Association’s (IGFA) records is a massive 83.4kg fish caught by angler Sara Hayward at Cabo St Lucas, Mexico in July, 2005.
“Given the wahoo’s strength, toughness, and ability to cut through wire leaders, as well as the fact that anglers who pursue them must often fight sharks to claim their prize, Hayward’s record remains near-impossible to beat,” An IGFA statement said.
Meanwhile, Etches says the club’s next competition is planned for September 28, with a sponsor yet to be confirmed.