Woman, 85, reels in 849-pound marlin

Nov. 8, 2011 at 3:30 AM

COOKTOWN, Australia, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- An 85-year-old Australian woman said she "didn't feel 85" when she reeled in a 849-pound marlin off the north coast of Queensland.

Connie Laurie, a grandmother who said she has been fishing all her life, said she was on a fishing charter trip during the weekend off the coast of Cooktown when she caught, and then released, the hefty marlin, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.

"I certainly didn't feel 85 when I was bringing it in, I was too busy concentrating on keeping it on and getting it into the boat," she said. "I try to stay active and as I said, I've always loved fishing and I want to continue doing it down on the Gold Coast."

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