As a child, Lachlin Hicks was consistently in and out of a boat, following in his father's footsteps as a keen angler.
Those experiences have now paid off, with Hicks to step up and represent Australia in a trans-Tasman competition against traditional rivals New Zealand.
Coming off the back of snaring a mammoth 114kg southern bluefish tuna off a 15kg line off the coast of Eaglehawk Neck, the George Town local joins two New South Welshmen and a Queenslander in a 10-day fishing extravaganza in June at the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
Just three kilograms off the world record catch for an adult angler at just 14 years-old, Hicks has already achieved multiple Australian and Tasmanian records and titles to his name as his fishing career is just getting off the water.
Father and president of game fishing club of Northern Tasmania, Paul Hicks spoke highly of the bond him and Lachlin are able to create out on the water and how helpful it has been.
"From day dot, he's just been up at the lakes trout fishing with me when I've fished," Paul said.
"From there on in, we've just always fished together all our lives. Whether it be marlin, trout, tuna, mako, whatever there is about, he's tagged along with me."
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