Boy, 8, catches 692-pound tiger shark, possibly sets new record

by Jordyn Pair · Oct 14th, 2019 10:02 am

Last Updated Nov 18th, 2019 at 1:22 pm

An 8-year-old reeled in a nearly 700 pound tiger shark last week, possibly setting a new world record.

Jonathan Millauro and his son Jayden spotted the shark during a fishing trip off the coast of New South Wales, about 100 miles south of Sydney, according to CNN affiliate Nine News.

Jayden, who weighs just 88 pounds, reeled in the 692-pound tiger shark on a 33 pound fishing line while another man on board held his harness.

“I was trying to hold myself by pushing off the wall in the boat,” Jayden told Nine News.

Jayden began fishing at 18 months old.

The current record for the International Game Fish Association’s junior and smallfry category is a 687-pound tiger shark caught by Ian Hissey in 1997.

Tiger sharks can weigh up to 1,500 pounds and are not a protected species in Australia.