Giant patuki

Wednesday July 01, 2020 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Young fishermen in Pukapuka celebrate the great catch of a monster patuki. 20063004 Young fishermen in Pukapuka celebrate the great catch of a monster patuki. 20063004

Fishermen on the island of Pukapuka are celebrating the extraordinary catch of a monstrous old reef fish.

The patuki wala (giant grouper) was speared this week by two young men, Araitepo Dariu and Tinokura Tutau.

Dariu speared the fish and had to come up for air while his friend Tutau dived down to finish off the mission.

Tikinau Mouauri, who lives on the island, said unfortunately the fish was not weighed as there were no scales.

Patuki is a brown spotted grouper (epinephelus chlorostigma), also known as the brown spotted reef cod.

The fish is popular with locals and usually eaten fried or boiled in coconut cream.

The patuki wala measured as big as young fisherman, Wekata Ravarua. 20063005

11 comments

  • Comment Link robert Saturday, 01 August 2020 12:14 posted by robert

    Pete Thomas where does all your food come from or are you vegan? Very ignorant comment especially if you dont know the culture. Unlike most of the rest of the world we dont over fish we only take what we need. Go and comment on those chinese fishing boats raping our oceans illegally.

  • Comment Link Peter Thomas and Jim Marsters, you guys are most welcome to visit the island so my people can show you we have been educated and our way we live is something the world can learn from us. I know its easy to judge by looking at a picture. But until you live Monday, 06 July 2020 11:11 posted by Peter Thomas and Jim Marsters, you guys are most welcome to visit the island so my people can show you we have been educated and our way we live is something the world can learn from us. I know its easy to judge by looking at a picture. But until you live

    Ke ola e Peter Thomas and Jim Marsters.
    You guys are most welcome to visit the island so my people can show you we have been educated and the way we live is something the world can learn from us. I know it's easy to judge by looking at a picture. But until you live the life, then you will understand. Hope you boys will visit our beautiful shores one day.

    Atawai Wolo

  • Comment Link Go to the island n study the lifestyle there than u will understand what is like to survive...at least that not a snake or bat or horse...U got nothing else interesting to say..are u guys blind it a fish for goodness sake...that how they live on the islan Sunday, 05 July 2020 19:03 posted by Go to the island n study the lifestyle there than u will understand what is like to survive...at least that not a snake or bat or horse...U got nothing else interesting to say..are u guys blind it a fish for goodness sake...that how they live on the islan

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  • Comment Link Temaamo Sunday, 05 July 2020 11:50 posted by Temaamo

    Pete Thomas how do you know our people dont know better we know what fish to catch and what time the year to catch them. Fish like that is plentyful in our sea. We dont catch that type of fish everyday so before you go on and judge our lifestyle you go and learn about our culture and way of life I dont think you will comment like that.
    Well done boys for your catch of the day

  • Comment Link Pete Thomas if you dont know anything about their way of life there, who you to judge, and guess about they dont any, their lifes depend on sea and land, they got nothing else, what kind of sad is you leaving where everthing is provided for you, as for yo Sunday, 05 July 2020 02:16 posted by Pete Thomas if you dont know anything about their way of life there, who you to judge, and guess about they dont any, their lifes depend on sea and land, they got nothing else, what kind of sad is you leaving where everthing is provided for you, as for yo

    Pete theyre well educated people than you, according to their way of life setting and survival, it an isolated island, what you expect

  • Comment Link Linda Iro Wednesday, 01 July 2020 21:45 posted by Linda Iro

    Pete Thomas you probably have never been on the island and what these people live of. Maybe you need to get your facts rights before you can say such thing about people don't know any better. You don't know the life these people live on the island, so maybe you keep your negative comments to yourself. These people fish like any other fishermen in the lagoon and out in the ocean to feed their families. Protocols are always put in place on this island of what type of fish to get and what type of fish not to get. Anyways so how do u know the fish is old? Just saying.

  • Comment Link Craig Wednesday, 01 July 2020 18:44 posted by Craig

    Pukapuka is very isolated, given a choice between our kids going hungry or killing this fish any one of us would have done the same twice over. Unless we happen to be eating roadkill and ride a push-bike, each and every one of us is personally responsible for environmental harm, and no one is in a position to judge others. So I say great catch boys, I bet it caused a heck of a stir on the island too. ❤

  • Comment Link Fuji Wednesday, 01 July 2020 13:32 posted by Fuji

    Bro’s got to feed there families.

  • Comment Link Jim marsters Wednesday, 01 July 2020 12:51 posted by Jim marsters

    I agree Pete Thomas but yes there’s no education about preserving old sea life.. anything that moves will be eaten!! Caveman style

  • Comment Link Tumu Wednesday, 01 July 2020 12:35 posted by Tumu

    Well I guess when you live on an island and food is scarce any source of protein would do, ask China they eat anything, from dogs to whales.. SMH do come on and get outta here.

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