That’s a whopper! Six-year-old catches his first fish – and he’s his size
- Drayden Nelson was ice fishing on Alaska’s Kotzebue Sound with his family
- The six-year-old made his first catch while fishing through a hole in the ice
- His father Stephen helped Drayden land the giant fish that was 46 inches long
This is the great moment when a six-year-old boy landed his first fish – which was the same size as him.
Drayden Nelson was ice fishing on Alaska’s Kotzebue Sound when he managed to catch the 46-inch sii fish through a round hole in the ice.
His mom and dad Margaret and Stephen cheered the boy on as he tried to pull the big fish to the surface – without the help of a fishing rod and reel.
When relatives came in to pull the fish out of the ice, it became clear how big it was.
Drayden Nelson, six, was ice fishing on Alaska’s Kotzebue Sound when he managed to catch the 46-inch sii fish through a round hole in the ice.
Drayden needed help to pull the monster fish up through the ice surface
Once the frozen surface is more than two inches deep, it is possible to go ice fishing in Alaska.
Fishermen use special drills to drill a hole in the surface so they can drop their lines into the water below where they can catch big fish such as salmon, trout and shii fish.
The Kotzebue Sound, where Drayden and his family were fishing, is less than 200 miles from Russia and freezes over from October to July.
His family said the fish the young caught was about 46 centimeters long.
Shii fish can weigh up to 60 pounds and normally hatch in early spring before the winter ice breaks up.
They are normally flushed into the sea downstream and can travel more than 1000 miles in one year.
They spawn in the same area they were born in and can live to be 20 to 30 years old.
The family congratulated the kid who caught his very first fish