Oban an­gler Iona lands third whopper in a row

The Oban Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Oban’s Iona Camp­bell cel­e­brated a triple mon­ster catch this year – land­ing three gi­ant fish each weigh­ing more than 100lbs. And she has the pho­to­graphs to prove it, pos­ing here with dad Ron­nie and skip­per Alan and a 128lb blue shark. The 26-year-old caught the blue shark and a 100lb por­bea­gle off Wales in July, and then a 152lb skate off Ker­rera last month, be­fore re­leas­ing the mon­sters back into the seas to fight an­other day. ‘It is just pot luck if they bite on your line,’ the Oban dis­pens­ing op­ti­cian said. ‘I did not think I would be able to han­dle a por­bea­gle. They are a lot more fiery on the end of the line. They run cir­cles around the boat, and they will give you a nasty bite. They are ab­so­lute brutes. Shark is eas­ier than skate, which you are fish­ing through 450ft of wa­ter. They bury them­selves flat, like a suc­tion pad. Bringing it up is knack­er­ing. It took at least half an hour.’ Iona landed her big­gest catch, a 174lb skate, aged just 14 while fish­ing off Mull, and has been hooked since.

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