We didn’t need a bigger boat
SYDNEY BOY SETS RE CORD
TAKE one look at Jayden Millauro alongside the potentially world record shark he caught and an iconic line from Jaws springs to mind.
But the 8-year-old didn’t need a bigger boat when he caught the 314kg tiger shark off the coast of Sydney, though there was precious little room for him and the crew after it was hauled aboard their 7.3 metre vessel called The Undertaker.
Jayden had been fishing with his dad, Jonathan, and captain Ibby Dardas for about three hours when the shark swam up to the back of their boat, following a burley trail just like in Jaws, and he hooked it, last weekend.
“I was nervous,” Jayden said about the moment the shark took the bait at 11.15am.
“I was thinking that I hope the crew can (get) the shark (on the boat after Jayden successfully reeled it in) because I don’t want to lose it. I was really excited when they got it.”
That excitement grew further when they got Jayden’s catch on the scales at Sylvania Marina. It was two kilograms heavier than a catch that has held a world junior record for 22 years.
That belonged to Ian Hissey, who landed a 312kg tiger shark off Port Stephens on the NSW mid north coast in April 1997 and held the International Game Fish Association’s “small fry” record for the species, according to Port Hacking Game Fishing Club president David Joyce.
“It’s great that he’s a small fry out there and we’re very happy for him because he’s a super keen fisher,” he said.
Jayden’s father was coy about the location of where they hooked the shark, which is not a protected species.
“We were near a popular spot called Browns Mountain off the continental shelf off Sydney,” Mr Millauro said. “That’s all I’ll say because a true fisherman never gives away his spots.”
“It was rainy and the seas were rough,” Mr Millauro said. “We were burleying up and at 11.15 we spotted the shark as it came up to the back of the boat.”
“We threw a couple of baits and threw a line in and the shark grabbed it.”
Mr Millauro said Jayden has been fishing since he was two and began competitive fishing this year.
Asked how he felt when he saw the weight, Jayden said: “Happy. Really happy. I’ve always wanted to achieve this.”
So what’s next? “I’m going for a mako shark,” Jayden said. How big?
“Dunno.” Presumably bigger than the 151kg mako shark he caught in August.
Jayden Millauro and the tiger shark he caught off Sydney and, below, the shark being weighed for a potential world record. Pictures: Facebook