Worlds Class White Marlin Caught by Big Catch Team
WORLD CLASS WHITE MARLIN caught by Big Catch Team
The 16th March will forever be a day remembered by Team Big Catch. Successfully releasing a world class White Marlin in the deep off Cape Town.
Special day in the deep today. After months of targeting Marlin in Cape Town we finally came right today with a gem of a White Marlin. We have been successfully hooking up Marlin over the past three months but could not get them alongside the boat with unfortunate hook pulls and fish not sticking.
We were out on charter today targeting yellowfin tuna – something we do best. With a five up strike of yellowfin tuna in the morning the energy on the boat was extraordinary. I got a feeling that I needed to put out a Big- T Wildebees lure behind one of our spreader bars. Shortly after setting the rig it went off screaming. Expecting yellowfin tuna we were very surprised when we had a White Marlin grey hounding towards the boat. I jumped on the controls and that’s when I realized we were on.
Turning the fishes head into the current we started to gain line very quickly and within 15 min we had leader. Grabbing his bill long side the boat reality set in… We had our Marlin!
With close inspection we realized that it was most likely a White Marlin and a monster as well.
We successfully released the marlin and it swam off from the boat – what an amazing experience.
Nick Von Rahden – Skipper Big Catch
After forwarding several photos and a video clip on to a good friend of ours and Marlin Guru Handro we waited in anticipation – was this a White Marlin or possibly a Roundscale Spearfish? Handro came back to us after confirming with other experienced Marlin anglers he knew that they all agreed that our fish was in fact a White Marlin.
This is a significant catch as the number of officially documented White Marlin caught in South Africa can be counted on one hand and furthermore the current all tackle IGFA World Record is 82kg. The fish released off Big Catch was in this size class.
Go Team Big Catch!