Connie and Marlin FEAT

85-Year-Old Aussie Woman Catches 850-Pound Marlin

Nov 8, 2011

Great-grandmother from the land down under reels in a fish roughly the size of a Smart Car.

Connie and Marlin 85 Year Old Aussie Woman Catches 850 Pound Marlin

I’ve never understood the allure of fishing, probably because I’ve never caught a fish. I figure it’s hard to guess how close you actually come to tricking a sea creature into biting down on a metal hook, but I’m pretty sure fish point and laugh at my lame attempts. Now, I’m not exactly an experienced fisherman, nor do I aspire to be, but catching just one fish would be nice. It would be nice to experience the thrill of reeling in something that isn’t seaweed or a license plate. The most I’ve caught when fishing is a horrific sunburn and a terrific buzz.

What always frustrates me is how easy it appears — hook up your bait, throw out the cast and reel ‘em in. Connie Laurie, an 85-year-old great-grandmother from Australia is a walking-talking example of just how simple fishing can be — and how frustrated it makes me.

Local anglers have been left shaking their heads in admiration at an 85-year-old great grandmother who hauled in a massive 850-pound marlin near Cooktown.

With another group being delayed by the Qantas grounding, holidaymaker Connie Laurie was thrilled to squeeze in a day charter last Wednesday with Cairns-based Ross Finlayson Marlin Charters on board Top Shot.

Despite being a keen fisherwoman, Mrs Laurie had never before had the opportunity to take on the highly prized black marlin, the fastest fish in the sea.

She warmed up by catching a 12-pound mackerel as a bait fish, with Mr Finlayson impressed with her technique – especially as he had never hosted an 85 year old on his boat before.

But Mrs Laurie didn’t have much time to admire the marlin circling the boat – she soon got a pull and then began a short but intense battle of wills to bring the 850-pound beauty up to the boat.

“Only twice did I get lifted out of the seat when it made a run, but I was able to get it right up to the back of the boat before we released it,” an excited Mrs Laurie said.

“It was just a magical sight to see this huge big fish jump out of the water.”

Congratulations Mrs. Laurie, but seriously what the hell? I understand that fishing is about being in the right place at the right time, but I can’t catch a goldfish in its bowl and she catches a fish that couldn’t fit in my bedroom? This sport/leisure activity is rigged. I give up.

[Cairns.com.au & HufPo]

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