One of the biggest private combined hunting and fishing mount collections is up for sale.
Gisborne sportsman Alain Jorion and wife Rachel are moving from their beach side home in Makorori Beach.
Their home is dominated by the mounts of various fishing and hunting trophies from Alain’s adventures around New Zealand and offshore. Alain is the first New Zealander to have captured the ‘grand slam’ of game fishing, comprising a top-class specimen of each of the big game fish – the billfish slam of black marlin, blue marlin, striped marlin, shortbill spearfish and broadbill swordfish; and the tuna species (bluefin, yellowfin, bigeye, albacore and skipjack). All were caught under strict criteria set out by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council.
One of the most memorable fish was the 473.2kg grander (1043lb) he caught in 1991 on stand-up out from Gisborne aboard his trailerboat Freedom. It earned him the NZSFC’s Old Man and The Sea Trophy for the first time.
He repeated that honour after catching a 235.2kg blue marlin solo off Waihau Bay, earning him both the Old Man and the Sea and Fisherman of the Year trophies that year. Many of the fish mounts appear in Alain’s book NZ Grand Slam of Fishing.
Alain also has the hunting grand slam, earning the honour the hard way – walking in to capture all the trophies.
Alain is hoping the trophies will go to places where they can be admired by many – sports stores, restaurants and fishing clubs.
“They have given me a great deal of pleasure over the years as reminders of some great days at sea and in the bush, but it is time to move on,” Alain says.
For more information, contact Alain on 06 868 9588 or email [email protected]
13 September 2021