Tue, 20 September 2011
A recreational fisherman got a 300 kilogram
surprise when he put his line out near Westport.The
Pacific Bluefin tuna would have been worth
around a $100,000 on the Japanese market,
but is instead destined for plates much
closer to home.
The fish was not what Jeremy Walker expected
to find when he headed out for a spot of
casual fishing. These things are totally
different to any other fish, pretty unreal
though, he says.
He hooked the 305-point-8 kilogram Pacific
Bluefin tuna off the coast of Westport.
Just 25 kilograms short of the world record,
it took the whole crew nearly two hours
to haul it in. There were five of
us on the boat, it's a combined effort,
they slip in fairly easily, says boat
owner David Donald. Bluefin tuna are often
found in West Coast waters, where they feed
on hoki being caught by commercial fishermen.
The tuna congregate around these trawlers,
[so we] put a good hook on it, says
The fish are highly sought after in Japan,
with one selling for a record $483,000 dollars
earlier this year. But Mr Walker won't be
making any money from his - it's going straight
onto his plate, where it will be swallowed
hook, line, and sinker.
TV3 video »
to David Donald talking to radio host Paul