Stoked and happy with a 226 kg marlin

Thursday June 25, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Pauro Arnold and Pupuke Robati landed a 226 kg marlin late yesterday morning, on board Ikurangi. 20062417. Pauro Arnold and Pupuke Robati landed a 226 kg marlin late yesterday morning, on board Ikurangi. 20062417.

Pauro Arnold and Pupuke Robati had planned to head out on Ikurangiy yesterday and catch yellowfin tuna for hungry locals, enough to pay for their fuel bill, then spend the day chasing wahoo.

Instead they landed a 226 kg marlin!

Near Panama, they spotted three birds less than a kilometre off the fishing aggregate device. “Literally going past 50m off it, the short corner jet went off,” said Arnold.

“We were joking about it being a wahoo because of the slow run and head shakes, five minutes later we realized it wasn’t a wahoo.

“Another five minutes passed and we had it close and it turned into a top fuel dragster and sucked out 1km of line!

“The marlin finally broke water way out the back; after two near scares thinking we were going to lose it when it charged the boat, we had it boat side and secured, after a few circular manoeuvres,” Arnold said.

Arnold and Robati are stoked and happy their earlier plan for the day completely changed, and hope to hook another monster fish soon.

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