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Dame Kiri Hauls In 217kg Marlin

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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Pic: NZPA
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Pic: NZPA

Auckland, Jan 11 NZPA - Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is drawing crowds to see her fishing exploits as well as her singing.

More than 100 people gathered at Russell wharf in the Bay of Islands to watch the weigh-in of a huge blue marlin she caught in the ocean off Cape Brett on Wednesday.

The marlin weighed in at 217kg and was the first blue marlin catch recorded by the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club for 2009, the Sunday News reported.

It said Dame Kiri took 50 minutes to haul in the marlin on a 24kg tackle and that it was the first big fish she caught on her new boat, Arabella.

"She christened the boat with it," a Bay of Islands Swordfish Club said.

The club's record blue marlin was a 456kg monster hauled in off North Cape in 1998.

Dame Kiri, 64, who is based in Britain, is holidaying at her property in Rawhiti, in the Bay of Islands. She is a big fishing fan and is often seen at the Bay of Islands club when holidaying in the area.

She said in a British newspaper article this year that she first found the area in a 1976 holiday and "instantly fell in love with the spot".

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