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Owen Barclay looks in line to enter the record books after landing a massive giant trevally in the Gamefish Interzonals at Pennington at the weekend.
Representing Southern Natal, the Shelly Beach teenager reeled in a 21.46kg whopper, which is a pending South African, All Africa and possible world record giant trevally for a junior on a 10kg line.
“It took me around 15 minutes to get the fish to the boat,” an excited Barclay told eHowzit.
“It was tough to bring in because it lay on its side in the current, but I just kept winding slowly not to break the line and eventually the fish came up under the boat. It was the best sight I’ve ever seen, looking over and seeing this massive GT!
“It’s such an awesome fish…the ultimate gamefish in my opinion. It was also very cool catching the fish in such a tough competition, fishing against such good anglers.
“When my team mate Jacques and I got on the boat, we had a very good feeling that we’d get a big fish that day.
“The day before, the team on the same boat had got good fish, so the skipper knew where to take us. They suggested that I should put a balloon out with a live mackerel, which I caught earlier as live bait.
“Thank you to the skipper for putting me on the fish, to my captain uncle Johnny for all his help and to my teammate Jacques for all his support. It was the best day of fishing of my life and I hope I can catch something as great as that again soon.”
Despite being just 14, Barclay boasts a wealth of fishing experience and accolades. The ardent angler, who’s been deep sea fishing since the age of seven, has won several junior competitions such as the Durban Interclub, the Durban Ski-Boat Festival and the King of the Sea.
Amongst his other top catches are a 25.8kg couta that he caught on a 10kg line back in May of 2016, and a 14.98kg yellowfin tuna that netted him the top junior prize in the 2017 King of the Sea.
His sister Megan is a passionate and talented angler as well and also has a number of junior titles to her name.
The Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Club angler added, “It’s an awesome feeling knowing that I may have a record and even better that it’s a SA and All Africa and maybe even a world record.
“If it gets confirmed as a record, no matter which one, it’ll be an awesome feeling knowing it’s written somewhere in black and white.
“I hope that someday I can get my Natal colours too – that would be the best day ever!”