A local angler took advantage of an afternoon off work, calling up a mate to head out to Copeton Dam for a flick not knowing he was about to net a new personal best (PB).
After catching a PB 133cm beast of a Murray Cod in January, Inverell's Josh Usher wasn't expecting to reel in another huge Copeton monster anytime soon.
"I didn't think it was possible to beat until this 135cm hit the mat," he said.
Before dark, the duo started casting lures on a bank that "had been holding some nice fish". It was about an hour after dark when he got the bite.
"I didn't know at this time it was going to be my biggest fish I have landed out of Copeton until it was in the net. Only then, as it took the two of us to safely land and get a couple of quick pics before sending the monsters back for some other lucky angler to land in the future."
The 135cm Murray Cod would have weighed over 100lb according to Josh, and as for Copeton Dam...
"We definitely have the best Murray Cod fishery in Australia and I will be looking to catch another iconic fish like this in the future," he said.