Virginia 11-year-old wins IGFA billfish grand slam award

By on September 30, 2014
A white marlin off North Carolina (Credit: Dominic Sherony, via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0)

A Virginia sixth grader is one of the newest members of the International Game Fish Association’s Grand Slam club, according to The Virginian-Pilot. In achieving something few offshore anglers have done, the 11-year-old reeled in three species of billfish by himself in one day.

Jackson Bolling is the youngster’s name, and he was fishing off the coast of Oregon with his dad and grandfather when he started making catches. The first was a 400-pound blue marlin. After a few hours of downtime and little action, a sailfish hit the bait.

“He caught that standing with a fighting belt on,” said Drew Bolling, Jackson’s father, to The Virginian-Pilot. To clinch the grand slam, Jackson reeled in a white marlin that had hit the bait spread beneath the fishing boat. He had to battle that one standing up too.

“I guess the first fish took 15 or 20 minutes to get in,” said Jackson, who attends Nansemond-Suffolk Academy near Portsmouth. “The other two standing up was fun.”

The IGFA maintains a list of qualifying Grand Slam species on its website.

Image: A white marlin off North Carolina (Credit: Dominic Sherony, via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0)

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