Jaws-dropping moment as angler hooks monster shark near North Devon coast

The big shark is brought to the side of the boat. Pic: Graeme Pullen/bnps. The big shark is brought to the side of the boat. Pic: Graeme Pullen/bnps.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
7:15 PM

VIDEO: ‘You need a bigger boat’ as 450lb porbeagle caught by angling writer and photographer Graeme Pullen after an epic tussle.

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Not giving up yet - Graeme's shark shows its teeth. Pic: Graeme Pullen/bnps.Not giving up yet - Graeme's shark shows its teeth. Pic: Graeme Pullen/bnps.

AN immense shark estimated at around 450lb has been hooked by an angler off the North Devon coast.

Graeme Pullen from Hampshire was fishing in his small 17 foot boat, reportedly just a mile off a popular holiday beach, when the eight-foot long porbeagle took the bait.

An almighty tussle ensued as angling writer and photographer Graeme, who makes fishing videos for his Totally Awesome Fishing Show website, attempted to wrestle the toothsome monster to the surface.

It took 30 minutes to subdue the giant fish and bring it alongside where Graeme and his friend Wayne Comben tagged the fish before releasing it.

'It was MUCH bigger than this'.... Graeme Pullen after catching the huge porbeagle shark. Pic: Graeme Pullen/bnps.'It was MUCH bigger than this'.... Graeme Pullen after catching the huge porbeagle shark. Pic: Graeme Pullen/bnps.

It is thought to be one of the largest shark caught singe-handedly by an angler in UK waters.

Although related to the great white, porbeagles are regular visitors to our coast in the summer months and are not a danger to humans, usually staying out in deeper water.

A post on the Totally Awesome Fishing Facebook page said ‘the first shark of the 2014 season has just been caught and it’s an incredible fish’.

‘It represents an angling feat of solo-fishing, creating a record that may never be beaten.

‘It was hooked on a newly found hotspot where a film was being made about light tackle pollack fishing, and the sport was so good the anglers went back the next day and hit the spot with everything they had, in the shape of four sacks of chum.’

When the shark screamed off with his bait, Graeme is reported as shouting to Wayne ‘never mind the pollocks’ as his rod bent double into the fish of a lifetime.

Despite its fearsome appearance, Richard Harrington, of the Marine Conservation Society, said the porbeagle was not likely to be a danger to people bathing on the beaches.

“It has a diet mainly of fish such as mackerel and cod, and tends to be found well out to sea.

“We are pleased to see the fish returned alive, as sharks and rays of many species are classed as threatened or endangered.

“The porbeagle is considered critically endangered in the North East Atlantic.”

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