A teenage fisherman has reeled in the biggest catch of his life and set a new state record during a family fishing trip off the Gold Coast.
From the moment he snagged the massive Blue Marlin, Ryan Thomsen was ready for the battle.
For two hours, he went toe to toe with the 150kg monster and he has the bruises to prove it.
“Yeah it put up a good fight,” the 13-year-old told 7 News.
“It’s first run went for 50 seconds, took a fair bit of line so then we knew we were onto a good one.”
After taking the big fish to be weighed, Ryan discovered he had just broken a four-decade-long record for the heaviest Marlin caught by anyone under the age of 16 in Queensland on a 37-kilogram line.
“He stuck it out, grit his teeth and he was determined,” his proud dad, Wayne Thomsen added.
While it may have been a lucky catch for Ryan, the Thomsen’s now have their eyes set on even bigger fish when they compete in upcoming tournaments in the Gold Coast and Hervey Bay.
“We’re all just sitting around waiting for something to happen when it does its mayhem,” Mr Thomsen added.
In even better news for anglers, experts are predicting an excellent summer ahead for those chasing the big one.