After being denied joining a boys’ fishing trip, Phoenix Nordon showed them how it was done by landing a 21.6 pound snapper in her own backyard.
Phoenix entered the local fishing club’s land-based fishing competition over 4-6 August. On the Friday afternoon, she slogged for an hour walking uphill to the edge of the cliff at spot X before making the descent down a goat-like track which includes an abseil to the bottom.
“I got to the bottom and then missioned out to the ledge and got the burley going. I chucked out two baits and had a couple of nibbles here and there, then threw out my third bait and said to my mate, ‘Oh, I should really check my drag,’ so I set that to perfection and … boom!”
Between reeling and letting it run a few times, the pair knew Phoenix was onto a decent-sized fish.
“His eyes popped out of his head and that’s when I knew I was onto something, then I saw it myself and pretty much lost my mind!” she said.
Phoenix smashed her personal best twice over with the fish weighing 21.6 pounds; caught with a Shimano Starlo Jungle stix two-piece and a Shimano 8000 OC bait runner loaded with black magic 60lb trace.
Phoenix took out first place in the snapper division of the competition and also won first place with a nice 2.18kg
kahawai which was plucked off the wharf at the Devonport naval base.
“Overall it was a bloody smashing weekend, so stoked and it makes it that much sweeter when it’s off the bricks. To put a
cherry on the top, I wanted to go with my partners and our other mates but I was denied and told it’s a “boys only” trip. They travelled to Doubtless Bay and I stayed home and showed them how it’s done.”