Angler spends two hours reeling in a 12ft 300lb Thresher shark thought to be one of the biggest ever hooked in UK waters
- Angler George Simmonds caught a 300lb in waters near Dale, Pembrokeshire
- The 51-year-old took two hour reeling in the beast, biggest ever caught in Wales
- He said: ‘I’ve been fishing since I was young enough to hold a fishing rod and I’ve travelled all over the world fishing – but this was a big moment’
An angler had a jaws-dropping day out – when he landed a monster 300lb (21 stone) shark.
George Simmonds, 51, spent more than two hours reeling in one of the biggest ever sharks to be caught in UK waters.
George was enjoying a day out with friends when he came across the 12ft thresher shark off the coast of Dale, Pembrokeshire.
George and friends pictured with the twelve foot, 300lb shark – one of the biggest ever caught in Wales
He said: ‘I don’t think the shark knew he was hooked. He just kept going and going and I let out about 500 metres of line.
‘I asked the skipper to chase him and eventually we were able to bring him aboard.
‘Apparently it went on for more than two hours but the adrenaline was just pumping and it flew by.’
George, of Llanelli, Wales was on the boat with friends who were all stunned when they pulled it aboard.
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He said: ‘It was pretty hard and when I saw it, let’s just say I said a few choice adjectives.
‘I’ve been fishing since I was young enough to hold a fishing rod and I’ve travelled all over the world fishing – but this was a big moment, a personal achievement for me.
‘It’s so rare and difficult to land a thresher shark as they are so large. In the shark world, it’s up there at the top of the list.’
Meirion Williams who was on also the boat said records show it is the biggest thresher shark ever caught in Wales.
George Simmonds, 51, spent more than two hours reeling in one of the biggest ever sharks to be caught in UK waters (pictured)
He said: ‘It was so big it got caught in the hatch door of the boat as we tried to get it on board.
‘The body was 6ft 8in long and the tail was 6ft – it was the length of the boat.
‘We put the shark back quickly and then it swam off really calmly.
‘These sharks are very, very rare to see in Wales and so hard to catch.’
Boat captain Andy Truelove, said: ‘As with any shark there is a risk of being bitten and it does happen – never seen an incident myself and wouldn’t want to, teeth are like razor blades.
‘With a thresher there is also a risk from the tail, it could do you a lot of damage. Fortunately this lady was well behaved.’
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