Broadbill landed on anglers’ first drop

About Time skipper Matt Peters (right) and Phill Claffey were all smiles after they took the day off work to go fishing yesterday and landed a 141-kilogram broadbill — the first one of the season in this district. It was a first also for angler Phill Claffey, who was on the end of the rod when they hooked the broadbill at about 9.30am. Picture by Paul Rickard

About Time skipper Matt Peters (right) and Phill Claffey were all smiles after they took the day off work to go fishing yesterday and landed a 141-kilogram broadbill — the first one of the season in this district.

It was a first also for angler Phill Claffey, who was on the end of the rod when they hooked the broadbill at about 9.30am after leaving from the Tatapouri ramp.

“It was epic. It was our first drop,” said Phill.

The pair knew yesterday was going to provide good conditions for fishing and had heard the broadbills had arrived in the district.

They invited regular crew members Troy Main and Jenny Murray to go out with them but both had to decline.

But they were there to celebrate when the boat came in to weigh the fish at Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club last night.

It was a 45-minute fight to land the fish on a 60kg line.

“It was a pretty smooth run considering there were just the two of us,” said Phill.

After landing the broadbill, they put their lines back in the water and hooked another one, but lost it.

The fish is destined to feed many.

“We will chop it up and share it around, “ Phill said.

About Time skipper Matt Peters (right) and Phill Claffey were all smiles after they took the day off work to go fishing yesterday and landed a 141-kilogram broadbill — the first one of the season in this district.

It was a first also for angler Phill Claffey, who was on the end of the rod when they hooked the broadbill at about 9.30am after leaving from the Tatapouri ramp.

“It was epic. It was our first drop,” said Phill.

The pair knew yesterday was going to provide good conditions for fishing and had heard the broadbills had arrived in the district.

They invited regular crew members Troy Main and Jenny Murray to go out with them but both had to decline.

But they were there to celebrate when the boat came in to weigh the fish at Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club last night.

It was a 45-minute fight to land the fish on a 60kg line.

“It was a pretty smooth run considering there were just the two of us,” said Phill.

After landing the broadbill, they put their lines back in the water and hooked another one, but lost it.

The fish is destined to feed many.

“We will chop it up and share it around, “ Phill said.

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