Johannesburger lands rare 194?kg Blue Marlin

2011-01-12 00:00

THE dynamic duo of Must-Byt Fishing Charters and ardent angler Stuart Rogers of Johannesburg was the envy of local fishermen when they landed a whopping 194 kg Blue Marlin off Shelly Beach on Sunday.

It was the first Blue Marlin caught in the area in 2011 and is believed to be only the third-ever caught on the South Coast.

Having successfully bagged a Yellow-fin Tuna, Dorado and a monstrous 250 kg Zambezi Shark on their three previous outings, Rogers had his sights set on a Blue Marlin, renowned on the South Coast for its rarity.

Rogers and Mike Schneider, Skipper of Must-Byt, ventured out on their deep-sea mission in the early hours of Sunday morning in pursuit of the elusive game fish.

“The two of us launched from Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Club just after 5 am on Sunday morning and at 7.40 am we got our strike on the Marlin,” explained Schneider.

“Stuart fought it for one-and-a-half hours. Once we had gaffed the fish, we tied it to the side of the boat as Stuart was too tired to help me load the fish.

“After he had a short rest, we loaded it onto the boat and returned just after ten.”

Due to its sheer mass, a fellow fisherman had to hold down the scale once the monstrous game fish was weighed in to avoid the scale from tipping over.

Schneider stated that Must-Byt Fishing Charters’ success stems from specialising in a particular type of fish, preparing accordingly and knowing which areas best suit which species.

“Unlike other charters, we target a specific species that the client would like to catch on the day so we don’t go and multiply target fish.

“When we get a charter on board, we are able to specifically look after their needs and their requirements.

“They tell me what they want to do and we do that. If, early in the day, we’ve achieved what they wanted to catch and they want to try and catch something else, we’ll go and do that.”

To book an outing with Must-Byt Fishing Charters, contact Schneider on 082 777 7324 or log on to www.mustbytfishingcharters.co.za

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