David Ensbey, with a young onlooker, proudly displays the weighty black marlin he and his mates caught on the weekend.
David Ensbey, with a young onlooker, proudly displays the weighty black marlin he and his mates caught on the weekend.

Trio's magnificent marlin

A BLACK marlin tipping the scales at 73.7 kilograms, reeled in by three local anglers on the weekend, has got tongues wagging and mouths watering.

When David Ensbey, David Tasker and Glen Bitten hooked on to the “fish of a lifetime” 15 kilometres off the coast between Wooli and Sandon, they had already caught their bag limit of succulent pearl perch.

“We were just trawling out the back as we headed home,” Mr Ensbey said.

“We weren’t going for marlin and the reel just started whirring.”

For more than an hour the fish “danced and played”, jumping out of the water and going for spirited runs before it was finally beaten and hauled over the edge of the trio’s five-metre ocean tinnie, leaving the anglers exhausted and exhilarated.

“It is really special to catch a fish of a lifetime and to share it with other fishermen.

"I feel privileged,” Ensbey said.

Ensbey and Tasker shared the effort on the rod while Bitten manoeuvred the boat to counter the evasive tactics of the marlin.

"There is no way the fish could have been caught without all three men combined," Ensbey said.

Restaurant chefs have been trying to get a share of the spoils, Ensbey said, but he had frozen the “huge, marbled pink fillets”.

“It is a beautiful eating fish and we have already started the barbecue rounds,” he said.

The marlin was caught with a simple hand-made lure on a 35kg line with a 60kg trace.



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