S19U7P1ERGRAN’S MASSIVE MAKO! -1971

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

SHARK fish­ing is now ac­ces­si­ble to all, boats out of sev­eral ports around the coast giv­ing the ca­sual an­gler the chance to do bat­tle with blues, por­bea­gles and makos.

In the early 1970s, though, the chance to go shark­ing was rare in­deed – but Nor­wich grand­mother Joyce Yal­lop grabbed her op­por­tu­nity with both hands to boat a mon­ster 500lb mako! A Shark Angling Club of Great Bri­tain mem­ber, Joyce was fish­ing with her hus­band from Alan Din­gle’s boat Lady Betty around the Ed­dy­s­tone Reef in Corn­wall when the skip­per spot­ted a large fin and moved in for a closer look. Joyce was on the rods like a flash and her whole mack­erel hook­bait was soon taken.

That sig­nalled the start of a two and a half hour bat­tle. The fish is still a record for the line class, and at the time was the big­gest shark ever from Euro­pean wa­ters.

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