WHEN a 1.13m barramundi took Kendal Else's bait the whopping fish started pulling his tinnie backwards.
He was fishing at the Toolooa Bends with his friend Ash Ward from 6pm and it took until after midnight to land the barramundi.
As barramundis typically do, the fish jumped out of the water when it took his bait.
Kendal said he felt the adrenalin pumping through his body and had to brace himself on the boat.
"I was trying to pull it in and it jumped out of the water three times. I knew it was a big one," he said.
He was lucky, the fish was under 1.20m or he would have had to throw it back.
"I filleted it, and cooked it with garlic, salt, pepper and a homemade crumbing," he said.
"It was delicious. It fed six people and that was only with one fillet. I still have one left."
The 29-year-old had been fishing since he could stand up but says its a good way to spend the time now.
"I'm probably only fishing so much because I'm single. I broke up with my girlfriend in December," he said.
"I thought I better live my life and now I fish once to three times a week.
"It's really good to be out on the water and watch the sun go down. It's a great place to be at peace with yourself."