David Johnson, Scott Pane and happy angler Peter Nicholson with an 83kg marlin Peter caught off Wooli.
David Johnson, Scott Pane and happy angler Peter Nicholson with an 83kg marlin Peter caught off Wooli.

Peter lands catch of a lifetime

MORE than a week after landing the biggest catch of his life, Peter Nicholson is still on a high.
And still sore.

Peter had been trying to score an outing to the marlin fishing grounds off Wooli for quite a while, so when he was offered a trip with a family friend on Good Friday, he jumped at it.

He couldn't have been happier with the offer, or the decision to go.

Now the 63kg Peter has an 83kg marlin in his brag book – and in a series of deep freezers.

“We went out from Arrawarra,” he said.

“It took about an hour and 20 minutes to get there and we were in about 80 metres of water.

“We threw out three lures, multicoloured octopus-like lures, and trolled for about 15 minutes before one had a snap at one of the lures.

“It looked about the same size as the one I landed.”

He said it was quite a while later that he got his strike, but it was worth waiting for.

“It only jumped out of the water once, but it cleared the wake of the boat,” he said.

“Once we hooked up the other guys pulled in their lines and we just kept manoeuvring the boat around so the lines wouldn't touch the boat.

“It took about 45 minutes to bring him in and I am still over the moon.

“I'm still a bit sore in a few places, too.

“I'd go again, no worries, but I'd probably never catch anything like that again.

“I think I have had my thrills for a little while.

“I usually just go bottom bashing for pearlies (pearl perch) and the like.”

And the taste?

“I've had a few chews of it so far,” he said.

“We've got three freezers all full.”

Peter said it was easy to overcook, but if you got it right, the flesh, although reddish, was beautiful.

“The first lot we overcooked, but the second lot we just cooked through and it was great,” he said.



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