Two Tasmanian boys, aged 10 and 12, each caught a massive southern bluefin tuna this weekend, which may break the world record for the largest of this species caught by junior anglers.
In a very successful fishing trip taken with their dad off the coast of Hobart, Sam Nichols used 24kg line to snag a 112kg tuna.
During the same trip, his younger brother Toby Nichols caught a whopping 119kg fish with a 37kg line.
The father of the boys, Stuart Nichols, explained that incredible stamina was required to retain their catches:
“Two hours for the first one, which turned out to be 112 kilos, second one was three-and-a-half hours – 119 kilos. One was my 10-year-old son, one my 12-year-old son, so pretty awesome effort for young boys to catch fish like that.
“They were exhausted, they were absolutely exhausted — I didn’t think they’d be able to do it on their own.”
The catches will need to be ratified at local, state and national level before the new world record can be confirmed.
However, the boys are confident that they have smashed the records of the previous title holders, which were 90kg for age 12, and 40kg for age 10.