Safety is his catchcry

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

JOON­DALUP res­i­dent Paul Mur­phy hopes peo­ple drawn to­wards shark fish­ing as a hobby will min­imise the risk of killing the fish.

Mr Mur­phy has a back­ground in marine and aqua­cul­ture study and wants Fish­eries to es­tab­lish a tag­ging and record sys­tem for fu­ture re­search and de­vel­op­ment, as it does with pink snap­per.

“Shark fish­ing is be­com­ing a mas­sive hobby now in WA,” he said. “Peo­ple are af­ter the catch of a life­time ex­pe­ri­ence but the big­gest thing we need to put out is the safety of the shark.

“Now that it is sum­mer, I will be chas­ing the sharks around the metro area, hop­ing to show peo­ple that sharks are in large num­bers in our ar­eas.

“I will be out this sum­mer try­ing to catch sharks not to harm but to re­search and en­joy my fish­ing.”

Mr Mur­phy said a re­cent news ar­ti­cle about a man catch­ing a 4m tiger shark up north and tak­ing three hours to bring it in prompted him to share his ex­pe­ri­ence catch­ing a shark last sum­mer.

He and friends were fish­ing north of Cottes­loe one night last January and he kayaked a bait out about 300-350m off­shore.

“Wait­ing for the bite, my rod took off around 11.30pm,” he said. “At this time I could not tell what was on the end of my line but it sure was pow­er­ful.

“It only took me one hour and 15 min­utes to pull this beau­ti­ful tiger shark in on a Shi­mano tia­gra 30w with 80lb braided fish­ing line.

“As we got her to shore we took a quick mea­sure­ment: a whop­ping 3.9m tiger shark. She was my first tiger shark caught and be­ing a Perth metro shark was very re­ward­ing.

“We made sure the tiger was safely guided back in the wa­ter be­fore we let her go to swim by it­self.

“I took one hour and 15 min­utes to bring a shark in so I could min­imise the risk of killing the shark.” GOOD WEEK For cricket fans, with free Women's Big Bash League cricket at Li­lac Hill and WA's Marsh broth­ers shin­ing with the bat. For WA, with still no sign of GST re­form.

Paul Mur­phy with the 3.9m tiger shark he caught last sum­mer.

Cricket fans on a good wicket. BAD WEEK

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