Kingie smokes the competition

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It took seven hours in the water and a 12-minute tug-of-war, but Rochelle Potter has scooped a world record. The 35-year-old Kerikeri woman speared a huge kingfish near the Three Kings Islands off Northland and, though she knew it was big, its weight came as a surprise. At 48.8kg, it is 12kg heavier than the previous world record for a kingfish speared by woman. After a 12-minute tug-of-war, the fish came close enough for her to fire a fatal second shot. “The problem with a powerful fish like that is if it’s not pretty much dead when you grab hold of it, it can really beat you up,” Rochelle said.

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