After an hour and a half of hard work, national fishing champion João Brito successfully caught one of the biggest marlin ever registered off the Algarve coast, weighing a whopping 335 kilos. “It took a long time, but I enjoyed every minute of it. It was great fun,” Brito said. “When the fish took the first bite, it didn’t seem that interested, but then it came back and the fight began.”
Although he has competed in several world fishing championships and is the national champion, Brito admitted he had never experienced anything like his recent struggle. “I caught a fish that weighed about 190 kilos in the Azores, but nothing compares to this.” The 49-year-old Portimão resident celebrated the day with a bottle of champagne, shared with his friends João Vitorino, Tozé, Fernando Sequeira and João Duarte, who helped him drag the fish onto the boat that was later brought to Portimão Marina.
The heaviest fish ever captured in the Algarve – a marlin weighing 594 kilos – was recorded in Vilamoura marina.