Young anglers reel in Aussie catch records
■ A pair of girls have been showing up the adults recently with a string of record catches off the Karratha coast.
Eleven-year-old Ella Day and 15year-old Mikayla Lannary have pending national records from October with some catches which would have the most experienced of anglers bragging.
Ella, whose 4.42kg whaler shark has her in line for the female smallfry record for a whaler shark on 2kg line, said she got excited when she hooked it.
“I got it near Mermaid Straight but I can’t tell anybody where it is exactly because it’s daddy’s secret spot No. 3,” she said.
“Dad said it could take an hour (to reel in) but it only took 10 minutes — it was a lazy shark.”
Ella caught the shark on her “very special” new rod made by Ferral Stik, which she described as her “best friend”.
She revealed she had almost reeled in a hefty 200kg marlin recently as well but her dad, who has fishing gear stored in every nook and cranny of their house, lost it while trying to get it aboard.
Mikayla potentially has two junior records to her name with a pending 379.75kg tiger shark and confirmed 9.26kg wahoo record in October.
“We were all asleep when (the shark) happened, we heard the line go off just before dawn,” Mikayla said.
“At first it wouldn’t budge but after a while it started coming up and taking line — it didn’t want to stop.
“It took over two-and-a-half hours to reel in.”
The reel and hook used to bring the shark in was the very same gear Mikayla’s dad, Ian, used to catch his record-breaking 400kg tiger shark years ago.
King Bay Game Fishing Club president Len Vertigan said in the case of the tiger shark the catch would aid a joint study between UWA and Pepperell Research and Consulting into comparisons of past and present tiger shark stocks.
“There were tissue samples taken from this fish, some of which could not be taken from a live fish, and have been sent to the research team at UWA and will help in ensuring the continued growth of information and ultimately the sustainability of this species for the future,” he said.
“Without anglers and researchers capturing these and other species of fish not only currently but in the future and in the past our scientific knowledge of all species would be very limited.”
Both girls pointed out they have more records to their name than their fathers.
Ian Lannary, Mikayla Lannary, 15, and Shane Verrall with the 379kg tiger shark.
Ella Day with her record-breaking whaler shark.