Alain Jorion is the first New Zealander to have captured the ‘grand slam’ of game fishing, catching a top-class specimen of each of the big game fish.
The New Zealand Grand Slam of Fishing is filled with 200 pages of excitement for any angler - illustrating the story of each memorable catch and also more about Alain and what he is about.
“Being passionate about something is healthy - I love the sea in its many moods, it’s always different in some way, every day,” says Alain.
“A storm is beautiful and a calm day is restful, at night the sea glows as the moon shimmers over the glistening waters.”
The fish needed to be caught to claim this significant angling accolade include; black marlin, blue marlin, striped marlin, shortbilled spearfish, broadbill swordfish, bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, albacore tuna and skipjack tuna – all caught under the strict criteria set out by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council.
Alain has done a lot of fishing by anyone’s standards on the way to his incredible achievement.
He started as a youngster on the wharves at Petone in Wellington, carrying on to fish just about all the waters around New Zealand.
Alain is also known as a hunter as well as a fisherman - claiming the ‘grand slam’ of hunting, publishing Grand Slam Hunting in 1994.
He has also won the coveted New Zealand Big Game Fishing Council’s ‘Old Man and the Sea’ trophy twice, and in 2001 2002 was ‘fisherman of the year’ - as well as the finalist for the Eastland region for Sportsman of the Year.
“It is no good talking about doing it. You have to get out there and enjoy it as many times as you can. One day it will end, so go for it now and enjoy."