Man versus beast

2019-07-24 06:01
Devan Naicker with the 47 kg mussel-cracker that took him two hours to pull out of the sea. PHOTO: supplied

Devan Naicker with the 47 kg mussel-cracker that took him two hours to pull out of the sea. PHOTO: supplied

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A TWO-hour tug-of-war resulted in Devan Naicker reeling in the biggest fish he has ever caught in his life, and possibly the biggest fish of its kind to ever be reeled out of the ocean in Durban, weighing in at 47 kg.

After having decided to go on the fishing trip out of the blue, Naicker never expected his expedition to yield such a great reward.

Many of the fisherman on board the vessel with Naicker while he engaged in a battle for dominance over this beast of the sea believed his catch to be a shark until he surprised everyone by pulling out a mussel-cracker.

“It was almost two-hours before I pulled the fish in. I had to allow it to come on its own terms or risk losing the fish and my line if I forced it,” said Naicker, who was ecstatic when he managed to get the fish out of water and onto the boat he was deep-sea fishing on.

A week has passed since Naicker’s great feat and many people across social media platforms are saying that this is the biggest fish they have ever seen being pulled out of the ocean.

Prior to Naicker catching this fish, a man named Emile Govender caught a mussel-cracker which weighed in at 42 kg.

“When we pulled up on shore everyone was amazed and wanted a picture with the fish, even the police!” exclaimed Naicker.

Having been fishing since the tender age of 16, the now 40-year-old Naicker says fishing has always been a way for him to de-stress and to learn patience in the face of adversity.

Speaking on the thrill of catching such a big fish, Naicker says that he has fished in many place throughout his life but never expected to ever pull out such a big fish.

Naicker says that one day he would love to own his own boat so that he can take the blind children from the school he volunteers at to the beach so they can feel what its like to be on the ocean.

Since catching the fish, Naicker said the attention and support he has got from his family and friends has been nothing short of amazing.

“I love fishing so being able to share this passion of mine with everyone is a great feeling for me,” said Naicker.

“It was almost two-hours before I pulled the fish in. I had to allow it to come on its own terms or risk losing the fish and my line if I forced it,” said Naicker, who was ecstatic when he managed to get the fish out of water and onto the boat”

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