UK anglers looking for monster saltwater fish don’t necessarily need to travel to the other side of the globe. Dutch angler Dirk Wolthuis visited the Canary Island of La Palma in February this year, where he joined local fisherman and guesthouse owner, Rene Flohil.
Having already caught some nice rays, Dirk hooked something much larger, which shot off like a rocket. It was clearly no stingray and Rene was forced to lift the anchor and set off in pursuit.
After a one-and-a-half-hour battle this giant Greater Amberjack broke the surface and was brought carefully onboard the boat. At 180cm in length and weighing an estimated 70 kg, it was a huge and potentially record-breaking fish. Unfortunately, the amberjack could not be accurately measured and weighed, so it was returned to fight another day.
The amberjack was one of sixteen different species the Dutch anglers caught that day, including the diamond ray above. To try your own hand at Amberjack fishing in Spain, you can book a similar trip via: Rene Flohil’s website