By Charlina Tone
The M/V Southern Destiny caught a record sized fish on Wednesday 9 November. It was a blue marlin that weighed in at a staggering 511.5 lbs.
The Samoa International Game Fishing Association announced this after the catch was weighed on a certified scale that it was the new Samoan all tackle record for Blue Marlin.
Captain Chris Donato said it was a proud moment for the crew of the Southern Destiny.
“This is the biggest fish caught in Samoa, and we are all very proud,” he said.
Mr Donato explained that it was just another normal fishing trip that got lucky.
“The charter the day before had caught a fish that weighed about 350 lbs so we were chartered again to see if we could catch another one.”
The boat came out lucky the second time round when it reeled in the massive fish.He said it took the crew about 20 minutes to lure in the catch and it was a struggle.
The other crew members were Mate Alek Loudakis and Pelenato.
The charter that day was (for) a group from Australia and Mr Donato said the angler did an amazing job catching the fish. “It did some amazing jumps and fought hard but with very aggressive boat handling and heavy drags we managed to bring it in.”
Mr Donato who has been fishing all his life said it was good publicity for his boat. “As a captain you have to make some crucial decisions and dictate what should be done but it was really a team effort.”
Source: Samoa Observer