Incredible moment when a fisherman in Townsville, QLD, accidentally hooked a three-meter-long crocodile

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Incredible moment when a fisherman thinks he has a valuable catch but discovers it’s a ten-foot man-eating crocodile – before battling the beast for an hour

  • Jim Falkenberg was fishing near Hinchinbrook Island in northern QLD on Monday
  • While reeling in his line, he discovered that a ten-foot crocodile had snatched his bait
  • He managed to break the line after almost an hour and the beast swam away

A fisherman has been left faltering after grabbing a monster crocodile in North Queensland.

Jim Falkenberg, from Townsville, felt a tug at the end of his line on Monday while fishing near Hinchinbrook Island.

But he soon realized that the catch was much more than he’d bargained for when a huge saltwater crocodile emerged from the end of his fishing rod.

“I tripped over my flip flops and almost fell into them, which made my heart beat faster,” Mr. Falkenberg told Daily Mail Australia.

Jim Falkenberg grabbed a three-meter crocodile (pictured) while fishing near Hinchinbrook Island on Monday

Jim Falkenberg grabbed a three-meter crocodile (pictured) while fishing near Hinchinbrook Island on Monday

“It was about ten feet long, so I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy catch.”

The fisherman said the predator took the bait or swallowed a fish that grabbed the bait.

After nearly an hour of fighting, Mr. Falkenberg managed to break free and the beast swam away.

Falkenberg shared images of his nerve-racking encounter online.

“Jesus is shrinking!” he shouts when he sees the crocodile at the end of his line.

“Holy moly, right in the corner of the jaw!”

The top of the rod bends as the huge beach pulls down on the line below the water.

Mr Falkenberg (pictured) said he 'needed a beer' and a 'massage' after nearly an hour of fighting to get the beast off his line

Mr Falkenberg (pictured) said he 'needed a beer' and a 'massage' after nearly an hour of fighting to get the beast off his line

Mr Falkenberg (pictured) said he ‘needed a beer’ and a ‘massage’ after nearly an hour of fighting to get the beast off his line

“I really hope you don’t get under the boat, dude, because that would be really, really bad for me,” he says, pulling the other end of his gear.

After finally breaking the line, Mr. Falkenberg leans back in his boat and breathes a sigh of relief.

‘Thank goodness that’s over. Holy moly that was a big boy. I need a beer. I need a massage, ”he says.

It is not the first time that Falkenberg has come into contact with the deadly reptiles.

Last October, he accidentally hooked a six-foot crocodile while fishing in the same area, but managed to shake it off its bait.

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