Tiny angler conquers huge queenfish

2013-05-22 00:00

A SLIGHT seven-year-old conquered a sizeable 7,9 kg queenfish — which weighed almost half her own weight of 17 kg — to win the title of top girl in the Durban Ski Boat Club’s junior competition last week.

Tara Fuller, with some assistance from her father, Greg, spent 25 minutes battling the queenfish, a species which has been described as one of the strongest fish in the sea.

The fish could be seen jumping all over in the ocean during its contest with Tara. It finally gave in and was caught, to her delight. Many high fives were exchanged on the boat when the fish was landed.

Juniors were allowed to have assistance in the competition.

Tara is a special needs child, who has survived seven operations. She is in Grade one at Clarendon Primary School in Pietermaritzburg. She started fishing at age three, said Fuller.

“Tara has been fishing ever since she could hold a rod in her hand. We had no idea that Tara had won the girls’ title, so it was quite a shock to family and friends when she was finally announced as having done so.

“Going on to the gantry she was showered with prizes and a trophy. Needless to say the crowd went nuts. Many of them know Tara from the many days she has spent at the Durban Ski Boat Club over the years, from a baby in pram to an aspiring little angler that she now is,” said a proud Fuller.

The competition, held on May 12, was designed for dads to take their children out and occupy them while moms got a chance to relax for Mothers’ Day.

When Tara caught the fish she was very excited.

“The smile on the child’s face was priceless,” said Fuller. “She was just giggling then she turned to me and asked me if she was going to win a prize. I told her she was.”

Her prize haul included a trophy, gift vouchers, a new fishing rod, tackle, lure and line.

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