Hungry tiger shark disrupts crabbing session
A pair of Pilbara fishermen pulled up more than they bargained for when they hauled up a 4m tiger shark from their drop net.
Brothers Brian and Brandan Haines got the shock of their lives about 1pm last Tuesday when the shark decided their mud-crab bait would make an easy meal at Spoilbank, a fishing spot in Port Hedland.
“Happened about lunch time, just me and my brother were having a crab, we were just sitting there waiting to do the next pull and saw one of the pots take off,” Brian Haines said.
“There was a big tiger, I’ve seen a few in my life but none as big as him — he was pretty cruisy, rolling over and that, just munching away on the free food.”
The brothers rushed to record the frenzy before posting it on social media.
“He destroyed the net, it was wrecked — it all happened too quickly,” Mr Haines said. “I was trying to turn my GoPro on but ended up catching it on my phone.”
The local railway welder said the encounter had not scared him and he would be back out on the water this week.
“Come off work, so might head out and have another go for a fish and maybe a dive,” he said..
“People have said there’s a big fella (shark) that hangs around there (at Spoilbank).
“A few people have seen him hanging around there.”
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development regional manager north Peter Godfrey said incidents of this kind were rare and people should report shark sightings to water police on 9442 8600.
“It is very rare to receive reports of sharks feeding on bait in crab drop nets — the shark may have been attracted by the large amount of bait in the drop net,” he said.