A 14 KILOGRAM Jewfish took two fishermen on an hour-long chase up the Toolooa Bends section of the Boyne River.
Robbie Warren and Clinton Rosenthal were armed with only light fishing gear and a small bit of bait.
Not only were the boys struggling to reel in the monster fish with their light equipment, but also had to brave the rough waters in a five-metre tinny.
The Boyne Island locals had to endure overcast and windy conditions as they set out on their first day of competition in the Boyne Tannum Hook Up.
"It was hard work. It's always hard work when the conditions are like this," Warren said. After some crafty work with their fishing rods and expert driving by Clinton, the boys managed to head back to the weigh in tent with the massive Jewish and a five kilogram King Salmon.
Warren and Rosenthal are hoping their successful day out on the water will result in a big win at the Hook Up. "We've been a part of the competition for 14 years and haven't managed to walk away with much," Warren said. The local fishermen are no strangers to big catches as they regularly fish out on the reefs.
"It's not the biggest fish I've ever caught but it took a lot to eventually reel the Jewfish in." The boys are planning to be back out on the water all weekend as a part of the three day competition with hopes to find some even bigger catches.