A Northland boy has hooked in a fish three times his body weight.
Sam Marsh, 10, of Paihia, was fishing on his father's boat on Boxing Day when he caught a 133kg striped marlin off Cape Brett.
The International Gamefish Association in the United States has been sent the details and should confirm by next month whether the catch is a world record in the 10 years and under small fry category.
The boy's father Brian Marsh says the marlin stripped nearly 800 metres of line from his son's reel during the 45 minute struggle.
He says the fish is being prepared for smoking.