Brothers land huge marlin within 15 minutes

Mackay’s Dion Mayne (right) and boat owner Rob Matcham celebrate landing a marlin.
Mackay’s Dion Mayne (right) and boat owner Rob Matcham celebrate landing a marlin. Contributed

TWO brothers ticked off another item on their bucket list when they caught a marlin each out from Airlie Beach.

Mackay's Dion Mayne and his brother Richard of Perth, were fishing in a 4.8m tinnie off Hook Island with Airlie Beach resident Rob Matcham, trawling for tuna and mackerel, when they landed the game fish.

"We were up there for a buck's night and Rob said he'd take us out," Dion said.

"We were just going out fishing with lures when we landed two marlin in 15 minutes.

"Both fish fitted across the tinny, which is two metres wide, and I'd say they weighed 50kg.

"Richard did strike the second marlin about 15 minutes after I caught mine, but he was generous enough to pass the rod over to Rob in appreciation for taking us out.

"They were the first marlins for all of us.

"It's certainly a tick off the bucket list for us."

Dion said it took about 10 minutes to bring the marlin in to the boat.

"He jumped probably a dozen times. I've got it on video," he said.

The marlin were released unharmed, but the trip ended with no fish for the pan as they had to help another boat which had broken down.

The trip came about after Matcham mentioned to the brothers that marlin had been sighted in the Whitsundays.

"Luckily enough the rumours are true," Dion said.

Topics:  airlie beach fishing mackay marlin outdoor-living

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