06/12/2013 03:46 pm ET Updated Jun 15, 2013

Boy Catches 100-Pound Fish, Reels In Tarpon Like A Pro (VIDEO)

A 6-year-old achieved quite the extraordinary feat recently when the boy caught an estimated 100-pound fish.

In a video recently posted by Joshua Jorgensen of BlacktipH Fishing, young fisherman Reed exclaims, "I think I got it," after the hooked tarpon jumps out of the water.

While an adult appears to help him pull the fish above water, Reed does most of the work to reel in the large catch.

Primarily found in the Atlantic Ocean, the tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) can grow up to 8 feet in length and can weigh nearly 300 pounds, according to the Smithsonian Marine Station.

Anglers are required to practice catch-and-release fishing when they get ahold of a tarpon, unless they have obtained a speciality tarpon permit. The fish is currently classified as a vulnerable species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species.

In another striking video posted in 2011, a young boy takes on a tarpon by holding a small fish out over the water below a dock. One of the giant fish in the school jumps out of the water to grab the bait. Fortunately, the boy was using his coat to protect his hand from the tarpon's grip, otherwise he may have been injured in the incident.



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