Estate agent lands giant shark on UK fishing trip

Left to right: Will the deckhand, Jim Lawrence and Simon Putman.

Left to right: Will the deckhand, Jim Lawrence and Simon Putman.

First published in Local News

An estate agent was left shocked when after an hour’s fight, he managed to land this enormous shark.

Father-of-one Simon Putman, of Temple Way, Maldon, believes the big blue is among the heaviest caught off the UK coastline.

He hauled in the whopper while on a week-long annual fishing trip with friends on Bite Adventures with experienced skipper Robin ‘Chippy’ Chapman.

The friends spent the first couple of days fishing the shallow waters out of Penzance for smaller fish before heading to the deep, hoping to hook sharks.

Speaking of his prize catch, Mr Putman, who works at the Burnham branch of Church and Hawes, said: “It picked up the bite, dropped it and then picked it up again and ran off with it.

“It was a real fight to bring it in. We actually thought ‘how are we going to get it on board’."

Caught on a light 4 to 8oz Abu up tide rod, the 8ft 5in long fish had a 39in girth with a calculated weight of 87kg or 13 stone.

 

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11:20am Mon 4 Aug 14

Opsiomath says...

Takes one to catch one..
Takes one to catch one.. Opsiomath
  • Score: 6

12:27pm Mon 4 Aug 14

thefisherman says...

Well done, however please tell me , you put it back alive !!!
Well done, however please tell me , you put it back alive !!! thefisherman
  • Score: 1

8:29pm Mon 4 Aug 14

El Presendente says...

I'd guess based on the casual way the photograph was taken and say that the Shark in question (Blue Shark?) is dead or the man on the right has more courage than sense having his hand so close to the Sharks mouth.

Shame as Blue Shark is a near threatened species (IUCN 3.1).
I'd guess based on the casual way the photograph was taken and say that the Shark in question (Blue Shark?) is dead or the man on the right has more courage than sense having his hand so close to the Sharks mouth. Shame as Blue Shark is a near threatened species (IUCN 3.1). El Presendente
  • Score: 2

1:27pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Dengie D says...

Thanks for the heads-up, now I know which Estate agents to aviod when I sell my house.
Thanks for the heads-up, now I know which Estate agents to aviod when I sell my house. Dengie D
  • Score: 5

11:03am Thu 7 Aug 14

Treeman1963 says...

This shark is being handled correctly, it's being supported underneath to protect against organ damage. It was also released unharmed. Too many judges on here. Fix your own lives before you try to fix others.

Nice fish, btw, Simon.
This shark is being handled correctly, it's being supported underneath to protect against organ damage. It was also released unharmed. Too many judges on here. Fix your own lives before you try to fix others. Nice fish, btw, Simon. Treeman1963
  • Score: 0

3:02pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Hawthorne says...

Treeman1963 wrote:
This shark is being handled correctly, it's being supported underneath to protect against organ damage. It was also released unharmed. Too many judges on here. Fix your own lives before you try to fix others.

Nice fish, btw, Simon.
There is no way to correctly handle a shark, given that it's not meant to be handled in the first place. The best way to protect a shark against organ damage is not drag it out of its natural habitat so it can be held aloft to compensate for having small penises.
[quote][p][bold]Treeman1963[/bold] wrote: This shark is being handled correctly, it's being supported underneath to protect against organ damage. It was also released unharmed. Too many judges on here. Fix your own lives before you try to fix others. Nice fish, btw, Simon.[/p][/quote]There is no way to correctly handle a shark, given that it's not meant to be handled in the first place. The best way to protect a shark against organ damage is not drag it out of its natural habitat so it can be held aloft to compensate for having small penises. Hawthorne
  • Score: 2

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