This Australian girl now holds a world line marlin record.
Back in March, 11-year-old Makayla Buttigieg landed a marlin that has just been certified as a world record for 24 kg (Approximately 53 pound) test line.
Fishing with her father on his boat off the Australian coastline, it took the then-10-year-old quite a while to land the massive, 11-foot long fish. “She was on the rod for one hour and 45 minutes before the leader was grabbed and the fish brought boat side,” Makayla’s dad Darren told an Australian news site.
The long battle nearly wore the girl down. She was able to re-hydrate by drinking a lot of water and having more dumped over her head. When all was said and done, the huge striped marlin tipped the scales at 147kg (324 pounds).
But that’s not the only record Makayla holds. She also holds three South Australian records, one Victorian fishing record and two for New South Wales. As if that weren’t enough, she also holds six Game Fishing Association Records.
She’s certainly off to a heck of a fishing career at a young age. Her other records are for tuna of various line weights and another marlin catch.
It’s certainly been a heck of a year for youth anglers and hunters worldwide!