Incredible moment a fisherman thinks he’s got a prized catch only to discover it’s a three-metre man-eating crocodile – before battling the beast for an hour
- Jim Falkenberg was fishing near Hinchinbrook Island, in north QLD, on Monday
- As he reeled in his line, he discovered a three-metre croc had snatched his lure
- He managed to break the line after nearly an hour and the beast swam away
A fisherman has been left reeling after snagging a monster crocodile in North Queensland.
Jim Falkenberg, from Townsville, felt a tug on the end of his line while fishing near Hinchinbrook island on Monday.
But he quickly realised the catch was much more than he bargained for when a massive salt water crocodile surfaced at the end of his rod.
‘I tripped on my thongs and nearly fell in, which got the heart racing faster,’ Mr Falkenberg totherold Daily Mail Australia.
Jim Falkenberg snagged a three-metre crocodile (pictured) while fishing near Hinchinbrook island on Monday
‘It was roughly three-metres long so I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy catch.’
The fisherman said the predator either grabbed the lure, or swallowed a fish that had grabbed onto the bait.
After battling for nearly an hour, Mr Falkenberg managed to break the line free and the beast swam away.
Mr Falkenberg shared footage of his nerve-racking encounter online.
‘Jesus cripes!’ he yells as he sees the croc on the end of his line.
‘Holy moly, right in the corner of the jaw!’
The top of the rod bends as the massive beach pulls down on the line beneath the water.
Mr Falkenberg (pictured) said he ‘needed a beer’ and a ‘massage’ after battling for nearly an hour to get the beast off his line
‘I really hope you don’t come up underneath the boat dude, because that would end really, really badly for me,’ he says, tugging at the other end of his fishing gear.
After eventually breaking the line, Mr Falkenberg leans back into his boat and breathing a sigh of relief.
‘Thank god that is over. Holy moly that was a big boy. I need a beer. I need a massage,’ he says.
It is not Mr Falkenberg’s first brush with the deadly reptiles.
Last October, he accidentally hooked a two-metre crocodile while fishing in the same area but managed to shake it off his lure.