Fishing is a pastime that many of us enjoy and love. While hunting down a snapper or two in the Hauraki Gulf is a lot of fun and great for organising a feed for the dinner table, have you ever thought about heading offshore and chasing a dream fish like a Striped Marlin or even a Monster Blue Marlin?
El Donna is run by Blackbill Sportfishing and is in the habit of catching big fish on a regular basis out of the Bay Of Islands. While modest in looks and size, she is in the habit of keeping the big boys with the multi-million dollar rigs honest during competition time.
Launched in the late 70’s ‘El Donna’ was one of the first crop of new wave planing hull boats which would slowly but surely replace the displacement boats of past generations. From the drawing board of Frank Pelin, the ‘Shikaree’ and Pelin Hulls in general have proved to be very seaworthy vessels that became firm favourites of many boat builders and charter operators in the 80s and right through to the 90s.
At 38 feet ‘El Donna’ led the way with a sport fishing career that earned her legendary status when she caught the world’s heaviest ever striped marlin on Rod & Reel at a whopping 243.6kg. This unofficial world record fish is still admired everyday with it currently hanging in the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club.
If you ever thought that this is something you would like to tick off your bucket list then give the guys at Blackbill Sportfishing a call on 0800 400-050 and arrange a charter this summer. Extra special discounts available for all Driveline current clients.