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Sea Angler (UK) - - News - Cliff Brown, Ed­i­tor

The ar­rival of the long-awaited glo­ri­ous sum­mer weather kicked off some spec­tac­u­lar sport for an­glers in Bri­tain and Ire­land.

You have been catch­ing species rang­ing from bass to smooth­hounds, but per­haps the high­light has been a record­break­ing trio of sharks.

Caught by boat an­glers dur­ing a sin­gle week at the end of July, it proves big shark sport just keeps get­ting bet­ter. The first huge preda­tor was a sixgilled shark, es­ti­mated to weigh in ex­cess of 1,300lb and thought to be the big­gest fish landed by an an­gler in the Bri­tish Isles. It fell to Tony Car­rig, while fish­ing out of Car­ri­ga­holt, County Clare, Ire­land.

Next up was Nick Lane, who boated a record-beat­ing thresher, es­ti­mated to weigh 368lb, out of Il­fra­combe, North Devon. Third of gi­ant preda­tors was Danny Fitch’s male blue shark es­ti­mated to weigh 242lb, taken out of Mil­ford Haven. It smashed the cur­rent Welsh record of 222lb. Shore an­glers have been reap­ing the re­wards, too, with a por­bea­gle shark es­ti­mated to weigh around 200lb caught from a West Wales rock mark. The catch was a com­bined ef­fort be­tween Mark Turner and Si­mon Shaw. Turn to page 118 for the full story. It’s not all about sharks though. In this bumper 140page is­sue we’re giv­ing you a free pull­out on lure fish­ing – an area of our sport that is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar with an­glers fish­ing from the shore and afloat.

While lure fish­ing has been around for many decades, the growth in spe­cial­ist tackle and ever-grow­ing va­ri­ety of lures has cre­ated a real buzz among sea an­glers. Find out what it’s all about by turn­ing to page 57.

Of course, there is our usual pop­u­lar mix­ture of shore and boat fish­ing cover­age, along with in­sights into the lat­est tackle, as well as 10 pages of pic­tures of read­ers’ catches, start­ing on page 118.

Fi­nally, why not join the thou­sands of read­ers who take out a sub­scrip­tion to Sea An­gler and save up to 50 per cent on the nor­mal price of the mag­a­zine. Not only will you save cash, but also you never miss an is­sue and will get free de­liv­ery to your door or a free down­load to your dig­i­tal de­vice, or both. Check out this great deal on page 44.

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