IT may sound a bit like a one-that-got-away story but the biggest fish likely to be landed in Tenerife this year was hooked by two Sallins residents.
David Byrne, wife Tracy and son Zach, of Sallins Pier, went on holiday along with his sisters Lynn (Blessington) and Ashley and her husband Gareth Jepson and their son Harry, who live in Old Bridge, Sallins.
On May 31, David and Gareth went on a four-hour fishing trip.
“Gareth and I went out fishing off the coast of Porto Colon on a boat we chartered. We were not having much luck so we decided to go trawling for bigger fish and shortly after we caught a marlin,” David told the Leader.
The marlin was the biggest landed in the area so far in 2012, weighing 265 kgs or 585 lbs and measuring over four metres or in excess of 12 feet long.
“It took about two and a half hours to take the marlin in on the side of the boat. We were four miles out to sea and the currents were strong so the captain recommended not to bring the fish on to the boat because of the danger that it would capsize so we we strapped it to the side of the vessel until we got to within a mile of the shore,” David added.
However, the Sallins fishermen won’t be any richer for having caught the monster fish
“We struck a deal with the fisherman that whatever we caught he keeps.
“We estimate it’s worth about €2,000. And while we won’t see a penny of it we were happy enough to have caught it,” said David.
It was something like beginners luck for David because the marlin was only the third fish he’s ever caught.