An Australian fisherman received the shock of a lifetime when he reeled in a salmon that was already attached to a massive saltwater crocodile.
Along with photos shared on the “Cape York Guide To Explore, Hunt & Fish” Facebook page, fisherman Ben Stack, 40, described how he manages to reel in the monster crocodile along with the Threadfin salmon.
“It was another beautiful day on the water and the fishing was good,” Stack recalled. “I had hooked up to a little Threadfin and while I was slowly gaining some line, I was admiring the excellent fighting ticker of these fish. The fish had another run and went straight under the boat. Then everything stopped, no vibration, no kicking or head shaking, no fight, just a heavy dead weight. ‘Damn, he’s run under a log’, I thought.
“Us fisherman and women know that fish run for cover under snags all the time, so I began slowly winching the heavy dead weight to the boat,” 40-year-old Stack continued. “My 60lb leader surfaced and I leant over the boat and grabbed the leader with both hands. Leaning over the side of the boat, hand over hand, I began pulling the leader in. By this stage, I was expecting to see a large branch or log come to the surface from under my boat. The water was a bit murky so I was really hanging over the side to get a good look.”
Stack goes on to explain that the brief encounter with the crocodile only lasted a few seconds, but to him, it felt like a lifetime. He first saw some silver in the water, but as he lifted his line up more to see what the fish was stuck on, he was shocked to discover that it was a giant saltwater crocodile.
“It was at this moment, I realised [sic] I was staring eye to eye with a solid salt water crocodile,” Stack explained. “We were face to face and no more than 20 inches apart. Fright kicked in, I released the leader and flew backwards into the boat. I couldn’t believe what I had just experienced and I didn’t think anybody was going to believe me. Thankfully these pictures had turned out. Be careful while fishing creeks and rivers with crocodiles in them because one may be hiding under your boat.”
Ultimately, the crocodile won the battle with the fish, but Stack told Time Magazine that even though he was “disappointed,” he didn’t like the idea of the crocodile “knowing he can come to a boat for a free meal.”
Photo Source: Ben Stack via Cape York Guide To Explore, Hunt & Fish/Facebook