Unique record for Don
PUBLISHED: 09:18 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010
SEA ANGLING - ANOTHER highly successful sea game fishing trip for Worle angler Don Metcalfe was achieved when he returned from Kenya with a unique record.
ANOTHER highly successful sea game fishing trip for Worle angler Don Metcalfe was achieved when he returned from Kenya with a unique record.
A former international for both England and Great Britain, and current president of the Bristol Channel Federation of Sea Anglers, his adventures at the sport has taken him to many European countries, plus New Zealand, South Africa, The Gambia and East Africa.
During his first Kenyan visit in 2001, he caught a brace of sailfish regarded as one of the fastest of the game fish and noted for its acrobatics. More by chance he stated to his skipper that he would try to account for 100 of this species. Annual visits saw the numbers increase and his goal was achieved recently when a good day among the sailfish brought him his 101st of the species, the vast majority being returned unharmed.
Other fish taken included yellowfin tuna, wahoo, dorado and tiger shark. One day was spent bottom fishing some 600 feet deep in search of grouper, a relative to the cod. At the close, Don had accounted for seven with a total weight of 435lbs, the best fish being one of 103lbs.
With nine marlin already to his credit including two over 500lbs apiece, the next target will be aimed at one of four figures.