A South African fisherman has shocked himself – and the internet – by snaring a Kabeljou as big as himself.
A post appeared on the Cape Town Rock and Surf Fishing Facebook page in mid-June. That post depicted the 60-kilogram fish reeled in by Renier Nortje.
Photos show Renier struggling to hold up a fish that matches him for height. And the post has been shared nearly 7000 times and attracted more than 4000 comments.
The phenomenal catch came at Mossel Bay, in the Southern Cape area.
News casters have reported that it took Nortje a full 45 minutes to reel the kabeljou in. And that it was unfortunately no longer alive by the time it got to the beach.
Nortje’s intense struggle and unusual catch drew a large crowd of curious onlookers from houses close by.
Unsurprisingly it turns out that the fish is far too large for an ordinary freezer or fridge. So it is currently being kept in cold storage. However, Nortje has no plans of turning the fish into a meal, but a trophy instead and will take it to a taxidermist in due time.
Nortje has been fishing for 10 years and says that he has found large fish are more inclined to bite during winter.