Australian teenager, Jono Moore, made a triumphant catch in the GoFish fishing competition held in Victoria’s Nagambie town, snagging an enormous Murray Cod and netting himself a hefty prize of £42,000 ($82,000 Australian). The tournament saw a total of 883 Murray Cod caught, measuring a combined length of 40,629.3 centimeters.
Moore, an 18-year-old with a passion for fishing since childhood, managed to land the largest Murray Cod just 20 minutes into the competition. Despite rumors of bigger catches elsewhere, Moore’s impressive 105-centimeter fish secured him the grand prize.
“It was pretty hectic. It got me on the snags for about five minutes, and the heart was going. Then I got it up next to the boat and got it in the net, and me and my mate looked at each other and thought ‘Oh, it’s not going to go a meter,'” said Moore. With confirmation of his mega catch victory on Sunday morning, Moore plans to use the money to buy his dream boat, though his mom has suggested investing in property. Regardless, he’s already looking forward to returning to the GoFish tournament next year. The competition, which saw a total of 2,250 fish caught, also witnessed an impressive consumption of 2,594 beers over the course of the event. However, ambitious anglers were primarily focused on landing the biggest catch and claiming the substantial prize pot.