Brett Sinclair's recent catch of a 575-pound
tiger shark is impressive not merely because of the predator's sheer
size, but because it was made on fishing line with a breaking
strength of only 13 pounds ... aboard a boat that was not much
longer than the fearsome beast.
If the catch is approved by the International
Game Fish Assn., it'll become a new world record for the line class,
eclipsing the present record by more than 220 pounds. That process
could take weeks but Sinclair had been fishing in the Dampier
Classic off Western Australia, and competitors are supposed to abide
by IGFA guidelines.
Clearly, the angler had been after smaller game.
His group was anchored when the shark took the bait, and had to
quickly pull anchor and give chase, to avoid having the reel
stripped of its line.
"It took hours for the shark to tire," Sinclair,
27, told Perth Now.
The boat was only 19 feet long and jaws
dropped when the great shark materialized at the surface, thrashing.
"It was an intense moment," Sinclair said, adding
that the shark was far too large to be brought onto the boat and
instead was secured to its side and towed into port at Dampier.
Sinclair had been fishing with Chris Bonnici, his
cousin, and Aaron Pierkarski, the boat's captain. Sinclair told the
Herald Sun that the group had previously caught a smaller shark.
"When this one took the bait I thought it would be about the same
size," he said. "I actually asked the other lads if they wanted to
grab the rod and have a go, but luckily they said no."