Hot on the heels of a fishing charter client hauling in a 205kg marlin, fisherman Kevin Selam became engaged in an epic battle last Tuesday off the Kiikii Motel, before eventually landing a giant 332kg black marlin.
Selam was on his way to the Kiikii Fish Aggregating Device (FAD), when the marlin hit his lure.
The back-and-forth battle with the enormous fish lasted 80 minutes and many kilometres, and by the time he got it onto the boat he was right in front of Avarua town.
The fish is a record for Selam, beating the weight of a previous catch, a 308kg blue marlin, which he landed nearly four years ago.
During Tuesday’s tussle there was one element that was in the fish’s favour.
“I was on a much smaller boat, only 16 feet with 30 horsepower. That’s why he was able to drag me around,” Selam said.
“But a fish that size was exactly what I had been looking for, so I was up for the challenge.”
He sold the fish to the Nautilus Resort, who remarked that was the biggest fish that they’ve ever bought.
Selam, meanwhile, has already set his sights on a bigger catch.
“I think that this is just the beginning.
I think that I want to catch something around the size of 500-600kgs.
“Actually, maybe thats a little too big,” he said, laughing.