JOYCE YALLOP: 500lb Mako Shark

Angling Times (UK) - - 50 GREATEST CATCHES -

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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.

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