Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Big Game Fishers Aiming for More Tag and Release

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Big Game Fishers Aiming for More Tag and Release

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Byline: Rick O'Ferrall www.FromtheFlybridge.com

FOR READERS unfamiliar with the overarching ethic of big game fishing, it's the promotion and enjoyment of a very specialised form of recreation.

It pits a team of anglers against some of the peak ocean predators.

There's also an increasingly important subtext along the lines of "...while maximising sustainability and minimising environmental impact".

The aspect that plays to both aims is the almost universal practice of tag and release fishing.

While many smaller game fish such as mahimahi and wahoo end up on the dinner table, marlin are considered far too noble an adversary - and scarce - to not be released alive and healthy.

Consequently, the sport is way ahead in the sustainability stakes, with about 98% of marlin now being released.

There's no other form of fishing that comes anywhere close to that.

Almost without exception, when a marlin hooks up on a game fisherman's line, the aim from the start is to get a tag into the fish and send it on its way. …

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