Big marlin snared in Gisborne Tournament

CATCH OF A LIFETIME: Tyler Burgess with the marlin she caught yesterday to put her in second place in the four-day marlin and tuna tournament fished out of Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club this weekend. She caught the 90.80kg game fish off her father’s boat and fought it for an hour. Sea and fishing conditions have remained good for the contest. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

THE crew of Dr Hook breathed a sigh of relief as their marlin was weighed yesterday afternoon.

Weighing 90.80 kg, it went just over the minimum weight of 90 kilograms to get into second place in the marlin section of the Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club’s Liquorland Marlin and Tuna Tournament.

It was a first marlin for 18-year-old Tyler Burgess, daughter of Dr Hook’s owner and skipper John Burgess, and she was rapt.

“I was just about to go and have a sleep, and the rod went off. It was my turn, so I grabbed the rod.”

Caught on 37kg line, it took about an hour to bring in. She was really tired once it was landed.

Crew member Mark Reeves said it was great to land the marlin and break the drought.

“We haven’t caught one for a few years.”

Another crew member said it was good they now knew where they were and could go back tomorrow and “get a bigger one to win the competition”.

“East,” said Mr Burgess.

“We can’t tell you where it was. We don’t want everyone out there," he said.

Leon Lewis on No Xcuse tagged and released a marlin yesterday.

Another highlight was Carolyn Mills’ catch of a 101kg broadbill. Hooked off Midnight Oil, the catch was a first in the competition.

Eastland Port has opened the lower log yard so anglers can park their cars and trailers there. Some areas of the inner harbour are coned off for redevelopment, so there has been considerable congestion at the port.

The four-day fishing competition continues today and tomorrow.

THE crew of Dr Hook breathed a sigh of relief as their marlin was weighed yesterday afternoon.

Weighing 90.80 kg, it went just over the minimum weight of 90 kilograms to get into second place in the marlin section of the Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club’s Liquorland Marlin and Tuna Tournament.

It was a first marlin for 18-year-old Tyler Burgess, daughter of Dr Hook’s owner and skipper John Burgess, and she was rapt.

“I was just about to go and have a sleep, and the rod went off. It was my turn, so I grabbed the rod.”

Caught on 37kg line, it took about an hour to bring in. She was really tired once it was landed.

Crew member Mark Reeves said it was great to land the marlin and break the drought.

“We haven’t caught one for a few years.”

Another crew member said it was good they now knew where they were and could go back tomorrow and “get a bigger one to win the competition”.

“East,” said Mr Burgess.

“We can’t tell you where it was. We don’t want everyone out there," he said.

Leon Lewis on No Xcuse tagged and released a marlin yesterday.

Another highlight was Carolyn Mills’ catch of a 101kg broadbill. Hooked off Midnight Oil, the catch was a first in the competition.

Eastland Port has opened the lower log yard so anglers can park their cars and trailers there. Some areas of the inner harbour are coned off for redevelopment, so there has been considerable congestion at the port.

The four-day fishing competition continues today and tomorrow.

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