Teenage girl catches record swordfish in 5-hour battle

Teenage girl catches record swordfish in 5-hour battle

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Teenage girl catches record swordfish in 5-hour battle

The 622-pound broadbill swordfish landed by a 19-year-old girl in a five-hour battle off Tasmania was just confirmed as a record by the Game Fishing Association of Australia.

Eboney Westwood was fishing with her father Rick Hill out of St Helens when the teen made the catch of a lifetime, one that took officials two months to officially confirm as a record, as reported Monday by The Examiner.

Once the swordfish was brought to the boat and subdued, the fishermen gaffed it and tied it off to the side of the boat out of necessity.

“It was too big for us to get in the boat,” Westwood explained to The Examiner.

A friend met them at the boat ramp and helped them transport the swordfish to a proper weigh station to get an official weight and measurements.

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Under the Game Fishing Association of Australia rules and regulations the process to get a record requires several measurements to be taken including girth and length.

All the tackle, lures and baits are also measured and checked, and an amount of line is stripped from the reel and sent to Western Australia for a line test.

It took about two months for Ms Westwood to receive official confirmation she’d broken the record.

Ms Westwood holds the record for the female, Australian and Tasmanian 37kg line class [80 pounds] and the All Tackle Record

The Tasmanian Game Fishing Association president John Edwards praised the “fantastic effort” by the teen for managing to fight a fish that big for that long.

“She has done it in stand-up tackle, not in a game chair, so you’re in a harness which helps hold the rod, but you’ve got a lot of stress on muscles in your hands, legs and arms, so it is quite a mammoth task,” Edwards told The Examiner.

Added Hill, “It was definitely a father and daughter fishing trip that I’ll never forget.”

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