We didn’t need a big­ger boat


The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - BRENDEN HILLS

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

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