From Fiji Sun 22 July 2014 – Waisea Nasokia, Sheik Dean and Nandani Vandhana
Marlin fishing is considered by many anglers to be the pinnacle of offshore sports fishing because of the size, power and elusiveness of the four marlin species. For every angler, it is their hope of landing the biggest marlin which drives their passion.
Angler Kim Prater, 29, could not believe her eyes when she landed a 496.2 kilogramme Pacific Blue Marlin on Sunday. Out for a gamefishing competition organised by the Denarau Game Sports Fishing Club, this was not the surprise she expected off Tavarua Island. “I could not believe my eyes and dazed when I reeled in the biggest catch of my life,’’ Prater said.
Born in New Zealand, Prater has been fishing since childhood and with her experience, she is relieved to have caught the biggest blue marlin in the Pacific Ocean so far. “It took me two tiring hours to tire the marlin before I could feel it onboard our 27 foot Grady White. It was difficult and definitely a challenge for female anglers. “My arms are sore and my back hurts,’’ she said. Co-angler Mike Schmidt said Prater held on to the rod for two hours and reeled it in on her own.
However, due to the requirements of International Game Fish Association (IGFA) requirements, her catch was disqualified. She said it was because of the fishing line stretching more than required, her catch was disqualified. Instead, she remained happy with the catch.
DGSFC committee member Yvette Hook said they were impressed with Prater’s effort because she was among the club’s newest members. “That is well over the current Fiji women’s record and is the first of its kind and size caught by a lady angler in Fiji,” Hook said. “It took a strategically placed crane and a lot of effort and determination from many men to lift Prater’s Marlin onto the weigh station scale.”
Team Grady White is doing exceptionally well on the DGSFC points table with four more competition remains for the season. “It goes without saying that Team Grady White looks exceptionally well but with four more competitions remaining this year, anything can happen.” “Well done Kim (Prater) and team Grady White – let’s see if you can do it again at the next DGSFC competition – The Bill Williams Memorial Competition- next month,” Hook said.
Meanwhile, the Grady White is captained by Schmidt, 31 who leads by example after he landed a huge 216kg marlin, during the 2014 Tuna Levu competition in January.