"Don't Croc the Boat"

Don't croc the boat

ANNIE SANSON

 

SOUTHERN tourists got the fright of their lives and almost fell out of their boat when a huge, and obviously very hungry, saltwater crocodile almost launched itself into their tinny in one of the NT's most popular fishing spots.

Steve McEwan, 50, and Craig Adams, 45, from the central coast of New South Wales, had been fishing with a mate at Shady Camp a couple of weeks ago when Mr Adams reeled in his first NT barra - followed by the hungry croc.

The NT News understands Mr McEwan was knocked off his feet when the reptile lunged for the 54cm fish and the other fisherman almost backed over the side of the boat in an attempt to get away from the estimated 4m-long saltie.

Steve McEwan and Craig Adams will tell their extraordinary tale on the ABC's popular fishing show Tales from the Tinny tomorrow.

Tinny host Tim Moore told the Northern Territory News yesterday that for the fishermen it had been the first time "they've seen a barra trying to actually get into the net".

Mr Moore, a keen fisherman himself, said it was nothing new in the Territory to hear about a crocodile chasing a fish on the line, but he said he had "never seen such a picture perfect Top End moment" captured in a photo.

The picture attracted plenty of attention after it was posted on the Tinny's Facebook page.

Darwin resident Lenna Lehmann, wrote: "Did they have to change their jocks? If it was me I would have dropped all rods and net and been outta there quicker than the camera took the photo - screw that."

Another Facebook user, Ursula Watson, added: "Just another normal day fishing in the Top End."


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time to change their pants,

Fri, 2010-03-12 07:38

time to change their pants, not what you would expect even up that way

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Thats pretty scary! That

Fri, 2010-03-12 07:57

Thats pretty scary!

That really must be a big croc if that fish is 50cms long!

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good thing

Fri, 2010-03-12 15:18

good thing they decide on the landing net and not just lean over and grab the small fish hey or it might have been worse. even still thats more scarey  than having a mako land in your boat

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Everytime i see a photo or

Fri, 2010-03-12 15:55

Everytime i see a photo or video of people releasing a barra boat side with there hands and arms in the water and half hangen over the side of the boat i cringe coz i can imagine that happening, lucky they wernt doing that this time!!

 

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yea that could have been

Fri, 2010-03-12 17:20

yea that could have been very messy had they not been using the landing net!

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Crikey!!  yeah, i'd want to

Fri, 2010-03-12 19:45

Crikey!!  yeah, i'd want to be outta there pretty quick!

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That is a good size croc -

Fri, 2010-03-12 22:59

That is a good size croc - it will have alot of meat on it.

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Haha

Sat, 2010-03-13 09:31

you'd know if you hooked the croc whilst bringing in the fish!

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What a top shot! I have lost

Mon, 2010-03-15 10:22

What a top shot!

I have lost a few Barra to crocs whilst fishin Shadies and other spots.  And yeah, there are a few crocs there which are bigger then ya tinnie!  Got some great video feeding a true 5 metre croc from the boat.

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photo was set up by dangling

Wed, 2010-05-19 16:23

photo was set up by dangling a smallish fish in front of the croc

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R u guessing or do you know?

Wed, 2010-05-19 16:35

R u guessing or do you know?

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I read about it on a

Wed, 2010-05-19 16:47

I read about it on a different website.  Sadly the old croc was destroyed for "harrassing the anglers"