JOYCE YALLOP: 500lb Mako Shark
IN May 1971 a grandmother became the envy of all sea anglers when she boated a colossal 500lb mako shark to set a new British record.
Fishing with her husband, the 61-year-old Norwich angler’s day to remember began aboard charter vessel, Lady Betty, drifting around four miles north-west of the Eddystone Reef off Looe, Cornwall.
Skipper Alan Dingle spotted a large black fin coming out of the water and decided to head over to it to give his guests a better view. Realising it was a huge and extremely rare mako, Joyce decided to bait up a shark rod with a whole mackerel hookbait.
The fish swooped on the bait and started a two-and-a-half-hour battle which left the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain member totally exhausted. The fish was the biggest shark ever landed in European waters and is still a record for the species. Joyce, who ran a tea stall on Norwich market, instantly became an angling heroine.
Joyce is dwarfed by the 500lb mako.