Woman pulls 30?kg fish from sea with bare hands

2014-01-08 00:00

WITSAND — A teacher from Barkly East caught a massive, fatally wounded kabeljou with her bare hands.

Jo-Anne Prichard (33) and her parents James and Petro Prichard from Malmesbury, were having their annual holiday at Infanta, near Witsand and were standing on the viewing deck at Kabeljoubank when a white “object” appeared in the water in front of them.

It was a big fish that alternatively swam and floated, and the family first thought it was a shark.

When the fish appeared again Jo-Anne, a keen diver and snorkeler, waded into the water to inspect the fish. She was hip-deep in the water when she saw it was an enormous kabeljou.

“The fish was still alive. She carefully took hold of its tail, but it had no fight left. We initially thought it had been hit by a boat’s prop,” said Petro.

The fish died and they cleaned it.

Petro said in an e-mail to sister paper Die Burger the fish had been wounded by a spear gun. “When we cleaned the fish, it was clear that it had been hit by a spear gun. The arrow went through next to its backbone and may have damaged a nerve.”

The fish measured 1,3 metres and weighed 30 kg.

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