Local anglers have been left shaking their heads in admiration at an 85-year-old great grandmother who hauled in a massive 850-pound marlin near Cooktown in Australia.
With another group being delayed by the Qantas Airlines grounding, holidaymaker Connie Laurie was thrilled to squeeze in a day charter last Wednesday with Cairns-based Ross Finlayson Marlin Charters on board Top Shot.
Despite being a keen fisherwoman, Mrs Laurie had never before had the opportunity to take on the highly prized black marlin, the fastest fish in the sea.
She warmed up by catching a 12-pound mackerel as a bait fish, with Mr Finlayson impressed with her technique – especially as he had never hosted an 85 year old on his boat before.
But Mrs Laurie didn’t have much time to admire the marlin circling the boat – she soon got a pull and then began a short but intense battle of wills to bring the 850-pound beauty up to the boat.