The following article was printed in the Times of Malta newspaper on Saturday 22nd November 1952. It was written only a few years after Neptune was built and while it was still used as a fishing boat. Now this traditional Maltese fishing boat is being chartered and can be booked for a day of swimming and snorkelling in Comino and Gozo. It is ideal for groups of friends and families visiting Malta on holiday.
Big Coryphene catches
Maltese fishermen have this week caught a bumper harvest of coryphene (Lampuki) and an appreciable quantity of fish has been placed in cold storage. The luzzu Neptune, one of the largest fishing boats in Malta manned by the Caruana brothers of Marsaxlokk, made one of their best catches of the season on Wednesday. An outsize coryphene weighing 13 lbs caught by Messrs Caruana was presented to the Hon. Mable Strickland, who christened Neptune at its launching in 1949.
The coryphene fishing season usually starts in August. When they grow to a certain size, coryphene leave the Mediterranean waters and venture as far out as the Pacific Ocean. Certain types of coryphene grow to sizes of four or even six feet long.