1st Marlin For The New Zealand Game Fishing Season

Posted on 1 January 2014 by Lance Manins

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We are on the board nice and early with the 1st Marlin For The New Zealand Game Fishing Season, so early in fact that we were pipped at the post for the 1st weighed fish nationally by only a couple of hours which made us feel pretty good about this capture.

With a nice one day weather window for the last day of the year a quick trip was planned. I Left Opua the night of the 30th and camped out at Urupukapuka Bay for an early start next morning with one of my skippers for El Donna “A.J “and deck hand “Chris aka Crusty” which a few of the boys on the Gladiator trips may Know.

Left at 0500 and had the 1st live baits on board at 0600 and the skippies were pretty darn thick out past 150m off Cape Brett.  The plan was to work wide and run live baits up the tide lines that were running out towards the Nine Pin Trench. The weather was perfect for the livebait option and we stayed in this mode right out to the trench which we were at by 1.30pm. The Water was looking a lot better out this way and we hit highs of 22.0 deg with an average of around 21.4. Bait was pretty scarce though.

I needed to get the lads back to Paihia for the New Years Eve celebrations back at the Pipi …lol…. and with no action out wide all day the call was made to get the lures back in and head in closer and sure enough once we got into the Greenwater in past the 150m mark we hit tons of deep bait up to 100m thick at times. I kept heading in closer on a beeline with Redhead and came across the end of some work ups in 110m.

Trolled through a bunch of Birds and coming out the other side we had a zip zip strike on the right flat which had the JoeYee 501 in Evil running. A nice Striped Marlin showed itself and popped over to my right rigger with my new Marlin Magic Medium Green Lava Series Medium Pear in . This is the only lure that has ever hooked up on this rigger so it will be staying there for a while now, i am very impressed with how this runs !  !

So we had a solid hook up and a relatively short stubborn fight over 45 minutes had a nice stripey of 2.35m in the boot and the first for the season.

There was potentially a lot on the line with this fish as we had only heard of the one Marlin being landed down at Tutukaka which was not expected to go weight ( according to the angler on the radio ) so our expectations and heartbeats were elevated as we headed into Paihia for the weigh in .

The weigh in confirmed the fish at 99.6KG with a landed time of 4.28pm which would eventually put us in at number 3 for fish weighed in New Zealand . We would though snaffle the Pin for Striped Marlin, 1st Fish for B.O.I Swordfish Club and first Charter Boat to bring in a qualifying marlin.

So all in all a great days fishing and a great start to a long season ! ! !

Happy New Year, Tight Lines and Happy Fishy dreams everyone and welcome to 2014 ! !