Sharks are no match for Oban angler Iona

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Oban’s Iona Campbell celebrated a triple monster catch this year – landing three giant fish each weighing more than 100lbs.

And she has the photographs to prove it.

The 26-year-old first caught a 128lb blue shark and 100lb porbeagle off Wales in July, and then a 152lb skate off Kerrera last month, with her dad Ronnie before releasing the monsters back into the seas to fight another day.

Iona and Ronnie show off the porbeagle.

‘It is just pot luck if they bite on your line,’ the Oban dispensing optician said. ‘I did not think I would be able to handle a porbeagle. They are a lot more fiery on the end of the line. They run circles around the boat, and they will give you a nasty bite. They are absolute brutes.

‘Shark is easier than skate, which you are fishing through 450ft of water. They bury themselves flat, like a suction pad. Bringing it up is knackering. It took at least half an hour.’

Iona with her giant skate, which left her ‘knackered’.

Iona landed her biggest catch, a 174lb skate, aged just 14 while fishing off Mull, and has been hooked ever since. ‘It is seen as a man’s sport,’ she said. ‘You see big burly men pulling them in, but it is just taking your time. Not many girls do it, so I try to prove a point that women can do it as well.’