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Honoured with life membership

Fishing personality, writer and advocate for the sport Alain Jorion has been awarded life membership of Gisborne-Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club.

Club president Roger Faber said Mr Jorion was deserving of the honour which was awarded at the club's AGM.

Mr Jorion was passionate about fishing and had made his mark in Gisborne.

Mr Faber said he could remember meeting Mr Jorion soon after he arrived in Gisborne, maybe 30 years ago, when the club was still based at Tatapouri.

Mr Jorion had campaigned and worked hard for years on behalf of recreational fishers, as a board member of New Zealand Recreational Fishing, and through regular letters to The Gisborne Herald.

He had also written for the NZ Fishing News.

“He has caught a huge amount of fish in this area.”

Mr Faber said Mr Jorion equally enjoyed big game hunting.

“The number of mounted fish and game animals he has is amazing.”

Some of the mounted fish can been seen at the fishing club.

Mr Jorion has also worked with the Ministry for Primary Industries and the National Rock Lobster Management Group.

He is believed to be the first New Zealander to have captured the double “Grand Slam” of game fishing and big game hunting.

The game fishing grand slam comprises a top-class specimen of each of the big game fish — the billfish slam of black marlin, blue marlin, striped marlin, shortbilled spearfish and broadbill swordfish, and the tuna species bluefin, yellowfin, bigeye, albacore and skipjack.

All need to be caught under strict criteria set out by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council (formerly the Big Game Fishing Council).

Barry Insull of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association presented Mr Jorion with a trophy to mark the achievement of the grand slam.

Mr Jorion started fishing as a youngster on the wharves at Petone, on occasional trips to France with his French-born parents, and later in Plimmerton.

He has fished just about all the waters around the country during his travels as a wool buyer.

Mr Jorion also achieved the grand slam of big game hunting which consists of the wild goat, the red deer, fallow deer, Japanese sika deer, whitetail deer, chamois goat-antelope, Himalayan thar, sambar deer, wapiti deer, wild boar and the wallaby.

Mr Jorion published Grand Slam Hunting in 1994, the New Zealand Grand Slam of Fishing in 2013, has twice won the coveted New Zealand Big Game Fishing Council's Old Man and the Sea trophy (donated by filmmaker Warner Brothers), 2001-2002 was Fisherman of the Year, and was an Eastland region Sportsman of the Year finalist.

HOKITIKA MONSTER: Alain Jorion with a 265kg pacific bluefin tuna caught off Hokitika in 2006. The bluefin is now mounted on the wall of the fishing club. Picture supplied

  1. Adrian Stanaway, Whakatane says:

    Well done Alain, that tuna is a wee bit bigger than the eel that I pulled out of the goldfish pond in your back yard on the end of my finger many years ago.