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NZ angler hooks 496.2kg marlin

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AFTER about two hours of battling a giant marlin off the coast of Denarau, New Zealander Kim Prater snagged herself a 496.2kilogram fish to beat the record previously set by her boyfriend Mike Schmidt.

A member of the Denarau Game Sports Fishing Club, Mr Schmidt said his girlfriend broke his record of 216kg in which he bagged a Pacific blue marlin during the Tuna Levu competition in January.

He said while Kim's record was still unofficial, the fish was the biggest ever caught in the club's history.

"We haven't caught a fish this big during the competitions that the club has been a part of and that in itself is an achievement," said Mr Schmidt.

"We came to Fiji last year and we both enjoy game fishing — both as a sport and as a hobby.

"Kim really fought hard to reel the fish in and it was a two-hour struggle for her to get the fish near the boat.

"It took another 20 minutes to get the fish on board."

He said unfortunately, the giant catch was disqualified because it did not meet the International Game Fish Association standards.

Mr Schmidt said this was because the fishing line stretch was more than the required metres by AGFA standards.

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