Aussie Angler Takes Giant Fish To Pub, Feeds 40 People
A Perth angler has gone viral after he was photographed at a popular West Australian pub with a massive fish slung over his shoulder following a day out fishing.
Peter Riley, aka the Goatman, said he was fishing with his mates off Rottnest Island on Sunday afternoon when they landed the “fish of a lifetime”.
It was a team effort, with his mate hooking the 30-kilogram yellowtail amberjack, his son tussling with the fish for half-an-hour, and then Riley reeling it in.
“It was like a hand grenade going off in the water at the back of the boat,” Riley told 10 News First.
“When we finally got it onboard everyone was gobsmacked. Fish of a lifetime.”
But what happened next saw Riley and the massive catch go viral.
Riley dropped everyone home, slung his rods and the fish over his shoulder and headed back to his accommodation on the island.
“I had a lot of tourists following me taking photos and chasing me around,” he said.
“And as I got closer to the pub, I thought… ‘I’m pretty dry, I’m frothing for a beer.’”
Riley walked straight past the bouncer and headed to the bar.
“I said to the guy at the taps, ‘any chance of getting a beer mate?’, and he looked up and said ‘f***ing hell, yeah, but you’ll have to join the queue.’”
“But a guy at the head of the queue bought me a beer and everyone started cheering.”
Riley said he had only finished half his pint before the bouncer caught up with him, and asked him to leave.
“I sculled the rest of the beer, slammed the glass down and walked off,” Riley said.
It was not long after that Riley said he realised he had gone viral, with images taken at the pub circulating the internet.
But it was all in a day’s work for the Goatman, who’s massive catch fed over 40 people that night.
“One side of it (the fish) fed about 40 people. We set up a sashimi stand, so everyone coming past could have some free fish. I feed them, they give me a few beers. It’s very social. That’s why I love Rottnest.”
It wasn’t the only wild story Riley had for 10 News First. How he became Goatman is just as riveting.
“Carrying a goat back from a surfing trip, went to feed the boys some red meat and I must have pressed on its bladder, and it peed on the back of my head… the smell stuck with me for some time hence the name Goatman,” he declared.