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November 20, 2009

10-year-old Californian youngest to achieve IGFA Royal Slam

10-year-old Californian youngest to achieve IGFA Royal Slam
By Igfa

Most anglers would love to achieve it in their lifetime.  For Wes Davis, a Malibu, California 10-year old, and with the help of a number of captains, family and friends he achieved it in the span of under five years becoming the youngest angler in history to complete an IGFA Billfish Royal Slam for nine species.  
He tacked his first at the age of six in the summer of 2005 landing a short billed spearfish.  Three months later it was a white marlin. A year and half later he landed two Atlantic sailfish in February 2007 and a Pacific blue marlin that summer.

In 2008 off Mexico he caught three Pacific sailfish and later that year a swordfish off Ft. Lauderdale.

This past January in Panama he landed the black marlin, followed by three striped marlin in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in August.

The finale and his toughest contender came in September, with a 300 lb Atlantic blue marlin.  After a two hour fight in high winds on very rough seas, the fish was finally tagged and released.
With the exception of the swordfish all of the fish Wes caught to make up the IGFA Billfish Royal Slam were tagged and safely released.