Multi’s Story by Roger Barret
Sunday 13 February 2022
It was the first day of TOMT 2022. Team Multi went out to sea targeting the very elusive Marlin species and dream sport fish for many an angler.
Having a very quiet morning session changed to a very exciting late afternoon. At about 14:45 team Multi hooked up on the Japan lure and things got interesting on the boat. The fish never showed itself and didn’t behave in any way like a Marlin usually does.
The skipper, Vleis Visagie, decided to back up the boat to the fish because we thought it was a Mako shark. When the fish showed itself at the boat and Darius Steyn touched the leader we all saw it was a Black Marlin. Then all demeanor changed. The Marlin lighted up at the boat and for the first time fought back.
The fish wasn’t tired at all. Luckily for us Darius got hold of the leader again and he just held on. Darius got some battle scars for grabbing and holding on to the bill. Everything happened so fast but in the end, the fish was landed, measured, hook removed and the Marlyn was safely, and still full of energy, released. It wasn’t Andre Pawson’s fist Marlin, but it was his first Black Marlin.
Thanks to the crew of Multi who worked together extremely well to catch this awesome fish and the unforgettable memories that were made that day. Thank goodness we landed and safely released the fish. And thank God for the privilege.