AS FAR as fishing tales go, this one’s a whopper.
When 14-year-old Will Jones was invited on his first fishing trip with granddad Robbie Groth during the school holidays, he knew he’d come of age.
The trip is a family rite of passage, with Mr Groth and his brothers trekking to Copeton Dam for the past 50 years.
But they never could have imagined how well their young guest would fit in.
As young Will checked set lines on the bank of the dam, a rod he had left in the boat was hit by a monster of the deep.
As his stunned twin brothers looked on, Will leapt into the boat and grabbed hold of the rod.
What followed was an epic battle between a giant cod and a teenager with something to prove.
After 10 exhausting minutes, Will had hauled in his first ever fish – a 60-pound cod and one of the largest fish his granddad had seen pulled from the dam in half a century.
“My adrenaline was pumping so much and I just remember thinking, I don’t want to lose this,” Will said.
“I had no idea what is was. I thought it was a shark at first, but then I thought, what would a shark be doing in a dam?”
Due to her size, the fish was released, but not before Will was photographed with his prize catch.
Making the feat more impressive, the fish was caught on a five-foot fishing rod with a 20-pound line.
And you better believe Will is dining out on the story.
“I’ve been stirring my brothers up a bit, just reminding them who caught the biggest fish,” Will said.
“I’ve certainly got bragging rights for a while.”