The Telegraph – by Louise Burke
A fisherman in Western Australia caught more than he bargained for when he reeled in a 13-foot tiger shark – using only a hand line.
Video emerged of the killer catch at Shelley Beach near Albany, in the Great Southern region, yesterday.
Local fisherman Brendon Hilder went to the beach in pursuit of salmon before the shark arrived and scared off his intended catch, the Albany Advertiser reported.
Undeterred, Mr Hilder then baited his 200 pound hand line with a salmon and hooked the shark.
After a two-hour fight, with some help from a stranger, he finally reeled it into shore.
“It would have taken me a hell of a lot longer,” he told the Advertiser. “A 4m shark has a fair bit of pull on it.
“I was absolutely knackered… I couldn’t even hold my handle, I was that buggered.”
The shark was released back into the ocean.
It comes after a spate of deadly shark attacks in Western Australia in recent years.
A teenager was fatally mauled by a great white shark at another beach near Albany in December.
A 16-foot great white shark dubbed ‘Joan of shark’ which frequents the Albany coastline also made headlines around the world last year when it was photographed being electronically tagged by scientists.
2 thoughts on “Fisherman lands a 13-foot shark – using a hand line”
“Undeterred, Mr Hilder then baited his 200 pound hand line with a salmon and hooked the shark. 😯
After a two-hour fight, with some help from a stranger, he finally reeled it into shore.”
That’s one helluva fisherman!
Hey, uL, this is in your neck of the woods.