Noosa schoolboy lands 200kg river monster
A TEENAGE angler has caught the fish of a lifetime - a 200kg, two-metre long grouper in the Noosa River.
Noosa District State High School student Max Kelly was chasing sharks in the popular fishing hole on Saturday morning when he snared the giant underwater monster.
Max, 16, and his mates were actually asleep on pylons when the grouper was hooked at 2am.
"I thought it was a shark at first, which is a big adrenaline rush,” Max said.
"I knew it was big, but when it broke the water I was just in shock.
"It's almost like you stop in time when you catch something like that.”
After a 90-minute struggle - through bridges and pontoons - the grouper was caught.
With the help of his mates he was able to bring the grouper into shallow water.
All with just a "cheap and relatively small” set of gear.
"My back was pretty sore from the fight, it was pretty gruesome,” he said.
"I've caught some big fish over the years, but absolutely nothing like this.
"When I got back to school today (Monday) everyone was asking me questions and congratulating me.
"It was pretty cool. The fish of a lifetime I think.”
Knowing it was a protected species, Max waited with the fish in the water before helping it swim off.
You can follow his fishing adventures via Instagram: Max__fishing.