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    Went fishing on Saturday... (once in a lifetime)

    A mate of mine got himself a Warrior 17ft fishing boat a while back and we've been out fishing a few times. I sea fish predominately and this time we were out for large tope. Tope are in the medium scale of shark and are common in UK waters. Unlike the smooth hounds or small dog fish they have teeth and fight with long runs. We release the majority of catches - only taking back for table or for bait preparation.

    The day started with getting up at about 4am.. collected Matey at 0530 and we got down to the marina around 7am. A quick try to get some mackerel on the way out ended up with a couple, so we thought let's get out to 50 meter water and get setup.

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    We arrived - 12/14 miles out was a complete mill pond. Very little tide with low tide at 9am. Matey had spent ££ on frozen Mackerel and Bluey, all fed through his new sausage maker bought for chum production. We had four blocks of solid frozen chum - the first went into the bag over the side. The mackerel feathers over the side too on two spinning rods to see if were could catch more in the off chance.

    We set out two lines out the back on balloon floats - one 10 turns up and the other 5 turns up. They weren't far. We could hear a commotion from seagulls in the distance - I got the bins out and birds without much more. The lack of tide was causing the chum to pretty much go straight down with some drift but not much. On the end of each was a mackerel flapper and 5oz weight. The rods were both 20-30lb with 50lb braid, and 80-100lb leaders.. this is an important detail

    Just before 10am Matey's rod was twitching just like a young tope playing with the food. The balloon wasn't moving much. Just then a ripple occurred on the surface, not mackerel but odd. Matey picked up the rod ready for the first tope of the day.. yet it didn't feel like a tope.. softly but pulling line off the reel easily.. as if it didn't know it was hooked.. 1/2 lock on and it continued like a steam train, as if it didn't know it was hooked.

    Not a tope.

    And at that point it felt something was wrong.. and the real at lock was screaming line.

    Very not a tope



    So the iPhone filming was pretty bad - I had to juggle filming, clearing the deck complete of the other rods, manoveur the boat to stop the braid being severed by the boat and finally hold and cut the leader to release. So bear with me.. What you see here is a 2 hour fight.

    So the not-a-tope work up.. he/she was ****** and line disappeared from the reel repeatedly.









    Land it yet? Got to be kidding... it tail whacked the boat. It measured (tail to head) about 4 meters, not much shorter than the boat (Warrior 17ft) itself.



    So Matey managed to get the leader in his had - an official catch.. but now we had to release it. To be clear this is NOT a fish you want in a small boat and it would also dangerous for it and us. That tail could have easily broken Matey's arm or worse. The fight at this stage was 1/3 done.. and I spent alot of time manovouring the boat to keep it away from the boat keel. The braid pinged the aux engine propeller a couple of times which we kept fingers crossed it didn't snap.

    In the end it tired after 2 hours, and we bought it alongside. Gloved, I pulled the fish in and looked to see if it would have been an easy unhook alas no sign of the hood so I took a knife to the trace about 1/2 a foot from it's rather large mouth.. The hook will disintegrate over the next week or two.

    Calls and videos out all the commercial skippers that we get on with. I know of know skipper that has been trying to catch one for the last 20 years without luck.

    So with Matey totally knackered (I'd been giving him drinking water in the heat on each run), we sauntered back towards the marina.. with a load of birds on the surface, the sea was boiling - perhaps we could get a bass. We stopped, the water went nuts around the boat. Mackerel being pushed up by predators. Spinning rods and feathers with a jig again.. Each of us was pulling 6 mackerel on feathers each cast. We must have had over 100 in the bucket. (big blue builders bucket full). To take some to eat, restock for bait and frozen chum.

    We got in and one of the commercial skippers was shouting across the marina so we went over and had a chat. A rather exclusive club catching one of those on your own small boat.. In before the weather changed - winds picked up and rain fell after cleaning the boat.

    Stunning majestic animal up close. I got to about a foot away from it for cutting the leader to release it. Again - the hook will disintegrate quickly and the fish will recover.


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    Amazing! I bet you was shocked when that came up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samp09 View Post
    Amazing! I bet you was shocked when that came up!
    The poor guy was shaking with adrenalin and was going around showing everyone the video after.

    Usually the larger shark species rods are heavier - a lb rating of 30-50 or 50/80/120 short tuna rods depending on the species and the reel was a tope sized TLD, so a 20-30lb rod was light fishing gear for the large sharks. I had my rod out only a few feet different but 5 turns up instead of 10 turns up - that had a tuna capable reel (Talica 16II and at 40lb drag it's probably too heavy duty for UK waters ).

    I guarantee we'll be out around that spot again at some point in the near future.
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    What was it mate unless I missed it you didnít say? And the links are not working?


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    Quote Originally Posted by charco123 View Post
    What was it mate unless I missed it you didn’t say? And the links are not working?
    I updated the post to correct links - the videos now work. It's a thresher shark. A rarer catch in the UK. It uses the long tail to stun its pray.
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    great catch and great report mate, what a stunning day out, not many of those flat conditions in a year! i love me boat fishing, was that out of Brighton ?
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    Wow, that sounds amazing.
    I really want to watch the videos but canít open the link on YouTube. Any tips for an iPhone user?


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    Quote Originally Posted by NickK-UK View Post
    I updated the post to correct links - the videos now work. It's a thresher shark. A rarer catch in the UK. It uses the long tail to stun its pray.
    Thatís brilliant mate! Totally awesome fishing channel caught one of them if Iím not wrong. Some impressive fish even if our waters! My dream fish would be a mako.


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    Quote Originally Posted by smartin View Post
    great catch and great report mate, what a stunning day out, not many of those flat conditions in a year! i love me boat fishing, was that out of Brighton ?
    Yes out of Brighton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickK-UK View Post
    Yes out of Brighton.
    Hi Nick,
    well such a rare catch, i go out of Brighton aboard Proteus quite a few times, two years ago about this time of year we were 30 miles SE drifting for some turbos when on a flat day we could see what were a pod of dolphins, as they got closer to our amazement it was dolphins and huge tuna breaching the surface, i mean huge......never seen before in 40 years of sea fishing and the skipper never seen before either in as many years of fishing.....
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    Brings back memories of my 14 ft boat I used to have,and went out from Llandudno N Wales.
    Cant beat it.
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by john1 View Post
    Brings back memories of my 14 ft boat I used to have,and went out from Llandudno N Wales.
    Cant beat it.
    on its day its the best ever isnt it, no sign of land, no one to disturb you on the phone as no signal, rod bent over playing what ever has decided to take your lure..... amazing fun...
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