Keeping it in the family

Keeping it in the family

The Scott family, who fish out of Whangaroa aboard their Riveria 43 Odyssey, are regularly among the record books and prizes with 10-year-old Lola the latest to land a fish of note.

Over the Easter school break Lola was fishing with grandma Christine and brother Hunter when she hooked her sixth marlin, which turned out to be a smallfry record of 133.1kg on 15kg tackle. Earlier in the break Lola landed a 15.4kg kingfish, a great effort and one made even more significant in that it was caught on three kilo tackle – a 5:1 ratio capture.

Her marlin was caught on a lure at around 9.15am just outside the 100 metre line off Flat Island and took her around 45 minutes to bring on board, fighting it from a chair. This was her second marlin encounter for the day. Earlier than morning she had hooked a nice stripey on 10kg tackle, playing it for 10 minutes before the hooks pulled.

It was a true family affair, with dad Adam at the helm, brother Hunter the deckie and grandmother Christine playing her part. While Lola’s fish at 133.1kg set a new New Zealand smallfry record, she still has a little bit of catching up to do on her brother. Several years ago Hunter landed a 133.4kg striped marlin on 10kg line and later nailed a 250.4kg black, so has set the bar high.


16 June 2019

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