Ben Stack was fishing just off Cape York, Australia, and caught a Threadfin. That’s a fish. But the line went taught, and Stack thought the fish had hidden under something and got the line caught. He slowly started to pull up a heavy weight, expecting a log to come up with the fish. He even leaned over the side of the boat to get a good look.
What took place in the next few seconds felt like a lifetime. Or was it that I felt like my life only had a few seconds. First, I saw a bit of silver, then I saw my lure with the fishes mouth wide open. I lifted the leader some more and leaned over further to see what the fish was hooked up on. It was at this moment, I realised I was staring eye to eye with a solid salt water crocodile. We were face to face and no more than 20 inches apart. Fright kicked in, I released the leader and flew backwards into the boat.
(Image credit: Ben Stack)