This is excerpt of an article that was written for the Australian Bluewater magazine by Capt. Bill Billson. To read the complete article click here.
By the time late November rolled around, all Captains, crews, and anglers knew that this was going to be a season to remember. The great fishing continued and everyone had a great story to tell. The one that impressed me the most came from Capt. Brad Craft on Sea Strike. Brad was fishing a paraplegic client who was restricted to a wheelchair; Wylie Harvey from Canada. He was fishing 50lb tackle. Brad employed his ingenuity to secure the chair, and utilised a diver's B.C.D vest at the back of the chair to assist Wylie's comfort to fight the fish. What Wylie lacked in his leg power he had in his arms and was doing a magnificent job catching some great fish. Towards the end of Wylie's trip he hooked a fish around 1000lb on the 50lb tackle. The fish did everything wrong and Wylie, Brad, and crew did everything right, and the big fish was tagged and released. Everyone on board was ecstatic. Certainly one of the outstanding captures for the season. Congratulations to Wylie Harvey and the crew of Sea Strike.