260.8kg tiger shark catch sets a new world record

By Anthony DeCeglie, Sunday Herald Sun, 
14 August 2011.

BRETT Sinclair broke a world record when he hooked this massive 260.8kg tiger shark during a game fishing competition near Port Hedland in WA’s north.

Amazingly, he caught it on just 6kg fishing line, which is usually used to catch snapper and salmon. He beat the world’s previous best catch on a 6kg line by more than 100kg.

The 27-year-old from Sydney was participating in the Dampier Classic when he landed the beast from a rented boat just after midnight on August 1.

It took more than three hours to reel the giant shark in.

“We had already caught a small tiger shark an hour or two before,” Mr Sinclair said.

“When this one took the bait I thought it would be about the same size. I actually asked the other lads if they wanted to grab the rod and have a go but luckily they said no.”

Mr Sinclair, an industrial chemist, was on the boat with his cousin and the boat’s captain.

“When the shark started to run we had to drop the anchor and go after it. It took hours for the shark to tire.”

Source and Photo : Herald Sun .



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