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Makavu, 40, Hooks In A Big One

Weighing in at 400kilograms and at least six feet long Iliesa Makavu was cashing in big time on one of his big catch to date. His latest catch earned him
08 May 2016 13:30
Makavu, 40, Hooks In A Big One
Iliesa Makavu (right) with his big catch at Labasa fish market. Photo:FACEBOOK

Weighing in at 400kilograms and at least six feet long Iliesa Makavu was cashing in big time on one of his big catch to date.

His latest catch earned him at least $600 yesterday.

Iliesa Makavu, a 40-year-old fisherman and diver of Natewa Bay speared the fish called Bali in Bua waters on Wednesday.

The father of four was overwhelmed with his latest catch, but he was not surprised.

“This is not the first time I have caught a fish of this size and length,” he said.

“I caught this fish using a spear gun. I brought it to the Labasa fish market and sold it in pieces earning at least $600.”

Three months ago he caught a fish similar in size and length.

“I have been fishing since the age of 18 after dropping out from Bucalevu Secondary School at Year 10 on Taveuni Island,” he said.

The youngest of eight siblings realised he had to make a living to support his family. Thus, he began his fishing career which he enjoys the most.

“I spend many days out in the sea with my friends and relatives catching fish in a hired boat,” Mr Makavu said.

“After a few days catch I take it to my wife who sells it at Labasa market.

She has always being supporting me all the way and I thank God for her life.”

He believes fishing is the best and honest business.

“If anyone is jobless, he or she should go out to sea to fish and make a living rather than wasting time in front of a grog basin or depending on parents to feed you,” he advised.

Edited by Naisa Koroi.

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