The massive fish was landed by three members of the Muriwai Sports Fishing Club late last week.
“Huge catches are not that uncommon by Muriwai Sports anglers. We tend to pull in some good ones. There’s been a couple of other blues caught off the west coast by Muriwai boys,” club president Stan Phillips told the NZ Herald.
“As far as I know, there’s been a 380kg blue caught in 2009, but I think it was on 60kg tackle.”
A first-time angler, Wade Wilson snagged the big marlin, which was caught on a 37-kilogram line – and took about two hours to bring in. Wilson was on board Hot Lips, skippered by John Giford.
Phillips all but confirmed Saturday’s catch as the second-largest blue marlin caught in New Zealand, ever.
“John rang me on the way in – they were just over the moon, they couldn’t believe it. You can just tell how stoked the boys were.
“John had been fishing hard with no luck. To hook a fish of this size, especially for a first-time angler – and to land it in a little tinny like that, it’s amazing.”