It’s basically a modern version of David and Goliath.
Koen Norton, 10, was on his family’s charter boat on Sunday in Naufrage Harbour when he felt a fish bite his line. Of course, that was to be expected. What the boy didn’t immediately realize was his fish was a 486-pounder, and he was practically about to go to war with it.
Just look at the size of this thing:
Luckily for us, Koen wasn’t shy about sharing some of his insider secrets around how he was able to land this massive catch.
“When he stops pulling me to rest, I just reel it to him so he can’t stop and get a rest,” the boy told the CBC.
Koen fought the massive fish, which weights more than four times as much as he does, for an entire hour as it aggressively tried to tug and thrash away. Because he was going for a record, the 10-year-old had to figure out how to handle it completely on his own.
Fortunately, over the summer, his dad had been helping him practice a new technique that’s specifically meant to help haul in oversized catches.
“You do a squat, and then when you go up you reel, and then you keep doing it,” he said.
His father, Greg Norton, says Koen’s catch qualifies as a new world record, but Guinness still has to confirm that. For now, this 10-year-old is sitting back and waiting to hear if he just made history.
We can only imagine what he’ll haul in once he turns 20.