ALBANY fisherman Nathan Brown landed a fish of a lifetime - a 16kg snapper - recently while fishing off the rocks near Albany in Western Australia.
Australian fishing website GetFishing.com.au managing director Robbie Riches interviewed the angler on May 12 and provides the full account plus photos on their website.
The Albany local landed the monster snapper while fishing with mates on April 5.
The snapper measured 112cm and weighed in at almost 16kg, just shy of the 18.4kg Australian record.
Although the fish wasn’t the Australian record, it is likely that it is the biggest snapper ever caught off the rocks in Australia.
Snapper are a prized fish to many Australian anglers and catching big snapper is not easy. It is an achievement for any angler to land a snapper from the rocks in Australia, let alone anything over 5kg. So when a fish of nearly 16kg surfaced at the edge of the rocks you can imagine the sense of awe experienced by the group as they hurried to land the enormous fish.
Nathan said, “I can’t describe the feeling of when I caught it”.
His mates had caught a few big snapper that morning and he thought to himself “This just isn’t fair, when am I going to hook one?” At roughly 12pm his rod finally buckled over and the rest is history.
Nathan, Jacob Crispe, plus a couple of other mates landed five snapper for the day. They were busted off five or six times. Nathan says, “If it wasn’t for the 100lb leader I was using I would have lost the fish”.
The full article can be read at www.getfishing.com.au
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