Whangarei resident Josh Roberts landed a 321-pound marlin that was longer than his 13-foot boat.
It took Northland fisherman Josh Roberts over an hour to subdue a big striped marlin he battled off the coast of New Zealand.
Roberts placed some live bait in the water between the Poor Knights and the Hen and Chicken Islands, and an hour and a half later, the fight was on.
“The fish started jumping into the water and it was like ‘No, this is the point where I lose it,’” Roberts said in an interview.
At this point, he must’ve wondered if he’d even be able to get the giant fish in the boat if he actually did land it.
He soon found the answer to that question was a resounding no, but in no way was that going to stop him!
He secured it to the side of his 13-foot fishing boat and hustled back to shore to avoid losing it to sharks.
When he did return to shore, he’d hoped it was a 250-pounder. But when he laid his eyes on the scale, they must’ve popped out.
“Once I saw it crank up to 146 kilograms (321 pounds) it was just like ‘woohoo!’ It was an epic day.”
After two days on his father-in-law’s smoker, he’s now given away at least 100 pounds or more to family and friends, certainly keeping some of the best cuts for himself!
Now that he’s gotten his hands on a big marlin, Roberts has said he’ is now going after a broadbill swordfish.
Well, we wish him both good luck and offer our congratulations on this great catch!