'Bigger than the boat': Teen catches 3m shark near popular swimming spot

A Sydney teenager has spent five hours battling to reel in a three-metre bull shark near a popular southern Sydney swimming spot.

Kai George and his mates were in a small boat off Lilli Pilli in Port Hacking when they spotted the huge shark and filmed the moment they managed to catch it.

“It was caught on my 17th birthday – We fought it from 8pm last night till 1am this morning,” Kai said.

This isn’t the first time the 17-year-old has reeled in an enormous shark after he spent the night wrestling a similar size predator in the same spot last April.

A Sydney teenager has spent five hours battling to reel in a three-metre bull shark. Photo: Facebook/ Kai George

Footage taken of the catch on Tuesday shows the shark thrashing in the water and slowly being dragged to the side of the boat.

The teenager then shared a photo of himself holding it by the tail after the group made it to the beach with their catch.

They released the shark after the five-hour battle.

Footage taken on Tuesday shows the shark thrashing in the water and slowly being dragged to the side of the boat. Photo: Facebook/ Kai George

Last year, Kai and his friends caught a similar size shark after hearing rumours of what was lurking in the waters around Lilli Pilli at Port Hacking.

“We thought what have we got to lose, we’re just a bunch of teenagers looking for a big shark,” he told Sunrise in April.

After a four-hour battle, the boat full of teens managed to move the shark onto a nearby sand bar for a photo before releasing it.

This photo was taken in April after Kai and his friends caught their first large bull shark . Photo: Sunrise