Eight-Year-Old Boy Reels In 314kg Shark Off South Sydney Coast
An eight-year-old boy is believed to have broken world records after reeling in a giant shark eight times his own weight.
The eight-year-old - who has been learning to fish pretty much since he could walk - was out fishing off the coast of Browns Mountain, 160km south of Sydney.
But while most of us wouldn't even be able to pull in a sardine, young Jayden managed to hook a 314kg tiger shark, despite only weighing 40kg himself.
Jayden told The Daily Telegraph he was understandably 'nervous' as the shark was dragged onto the boat.
He said: "I was thinking that I hope the crew can (get) the shark (on the boat) because I don't want to lose it.
"I was really excited when they got it."
But Jayden was able to overcome his nerves and eventually pulled the huge creature onto the boat using a 15kg fishing line.
Jayden's father, Jonathan, wouldn't reveal exactly where his son managed to catch the shark, although he did divulge it was somewhere near Brown Mountains, off the continental shelf.
While he said conditions had been difficult at the time, he explained they had lured in the shark after they threw bait off the back of the boat.
Jonathan said: "It was rainy and the seas were rough.
"We were berleying up and at 11.15 we spotted the shark as it came up to the back of the boat."
In another interview with Nine News, Jonathan also explained how Jayden managed to drag the beast in.
"The adrenalin was pumping from the moment we all spotted the shark at the boat," he said.
"So Jayden grabs the rod, we harnessed him up."
Jayden added: "I was trying to hold myself, by pushing off the wall in the boat."
According to Nine News, the current world record for catching the biggest shark is held by Ian Hissey, who landed a 312kg tiger shark in April 1997.
He has apparently held the International Game Fish Association's 'small fry' record for 22 years.
However, Jayden's impressive haul is yet to be officially confirmed as a new world record.
Either way, I'm pretty sure the youngster will go down as a bit of a local legend for what he achieved. Way to go, Jayden!
Featured Image Credit: Port Hacking Game Fishing Club