FOUR fishermen of Viwa Village in the Yasawas landed the catch of a lifetime when they hauled home a 137kilogram rock cod on Wednesday.
The prized catch drew a crowd as the fish was proudly displayed by the fishermen outside The Fiji Times Lautoka office.
The man who speared the fish, Osea Buli, said the fish was one of the largest he had caught.
"I've seen and caught bigger rock cods than this one," he said.
"The largest I've caught was about 230kg.
"It's not unusual for us in the village to see big fish like these ones."
Mr Buli said it took all four men more than half an hour to get the fish on board their fishing vessel.
"It was a battle to get it on board but that was the easy part.
"The hard part was actually catching the fish when we first spotted it."
The men sold the fish to middlemen at the Queens Wharf for $600.
Mr Buli said the money earned from their catch would be shared among the fishermen.
"Fishing is our only source of income, so when we make a catch like this we are happy because we're able to provide for our families."