Young an­glers reel in Aussie catch records

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ 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.

Pic­ture: Sheree Lan­nary

Ian Lan­nary, Mikayla Lan­nary, 15, and Shane Ver­rall with the 379kg tiger shark.

Pic­ture: Michelle Day

Ella Day with her record-break­ing whaler shark.

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