Her hat-trick of 100-pounders is new Bri­tish record AGE 14

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IONA Camp­bell has been fish­ing all her life – but she’s still reel­ing af­ter catch­ing three mon­sters in as many months.

The 26-year-old op­ti­cian is be­lieved to be the first wo­man in the UK to catch three fish weigh­ing 100lb or more in such a short space of time. She landed a 128lb blue shark and a 100lb por­bea­gle off the coast of Wales on a fish­ing hol­i­day in July – then caught a 152lb skate off the isle of Ker­rera last month.

Iona, from Oban, said: “I am only 5ft 3in and I weigh about nine-and-a-half stone and the blue shark was 6ft to the tip of the V so, in­clud­ing the tail, it was prob­a­bly an­other foot on top of that.

“It’s hard work but once the adrenalin kicks in, you can achieve any­thing. I love the buzz you get from it.

“Slow and steady wins the race. I am never in any rush to get them in.”

She added: “Skate bury them­selves in the sand. You are in 500ft of water, so it’s a lot of ef­fort to get them off the bot­tom. It’s tir­ing.”

Iona has been fish­ing since she was a tod­dler and her big­gest catch was a 174lb skate when she was just 14.

Her dad Ron­nie, who runs fish­ing trips, said: “We think this is the first time a wo­man has caught three over 100lb in Bri­tish wa­ters in a year.”

THREE.. A 152lb skate com­pletes the his­toric tre­ble EARLY DOORS 174lb skate got Iona hooked on big game fish­ing

TWO.. With her 100lb por­bea­gle caught off Welsh coast

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