HE MIGHT be only 15-years-old but Sam Colthorpe had no doubt he could mix it with the best of them.

So when he decided to enter the Lake Monduran Family Fishing Classic last weekend he registered in the adult division.

The prize for the senior competition was $1000, a rod and reel combination and a trophy.

"We knew we were in with a good chance to win it," Colthorpe said.

And win it he did, catching the longest barramundi in the senior division.

Colthorpe said he was not that happy with the size of the fish, which weighed 4.64kg and measured 70.1cm, but after a slow weekend for everyone in the competition he was just happy to snag a barra.

His weekend did not start that well.

"I fished hard all Saturday but it was no good," Colthorpe said.

However, after heading back to weigh-in empty-handed, he saw that no-one else had had much luck.

"When we saw the first day's weigh-in we knew we were in with a chance," he said. "We didn't need a big barra to win."

Colthorpe caught his winning barra at 8.30am on Sunday.

Mum Di Colthorpe couldn't be prouder of her young fisherman getting one over his senior competitors.

"There would have been men there and old sea dogs," she said.

Sam has been fishing since he was three-years-old.

His prize money went towards paying off his boat, called Reel Nauti.

Sam said he planned to take part in as many fishing competitions as he could.



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