GE­ORGINA BAL­LAN­TINE: Salmon Record

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IN Oc­to­ber 1922 young Miss Ge­orgina Bal­lan­tine made head­lines across the na­tion when she landed the big­gest rod-caught salmon ever.

It weighed 64lb, and Ge­orgina hooked it on a lure while boat fish­ing with her fa­ther on the Glen­delvine beat of the River Tay in Scot­land. Amaz­ingly, Ge­orgina only be­came aware of her tremen­dous feat when, on vis­it­ing the city of Perth the next Mon­day, a huge crowd gath­ered in front of a fish­ing tackle shop.

She thought some­one had had an ac­ci­dent but was sur­prised to learn that the large crowd was jostling for po­si­tion to see her mon­ster fish be­ing dis­played in the shop win­dow.

Lit­tle did she know it at the time, but her 64lb record would still be stand­ing some 94 years later. Even to this day the story is still spo­ken of among the angling fra­ter­nity.

Ge­orgina Bal­lan­tine and her 64lb salmon.

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