Hampshire angler Graeme Pullen catches huge 450lb shark off the British coast

Daily Echo: VIDEO: The dramatic moment Hampshire angler catches huge shark VIDEO: The dramatic moment Hampshire angler catches huge shark

THIS is the dramatic moment a Hampshire angler caught a huge shark off the British coast.

Graeme Pullen was fishing for pollock when the whopping 450lb beast took hold of his bait.

It is the second time the 62-year-old has hooked a porbeagle shark.

Saturday’s catch, close to the north Devon coast, took a 30-minute battle to reel in.

The whole drama was captured on camera by The Totally Awesome Fishing Show (TAFishing) crew, and the terrifying footage can be watched below.

TAFishing posted on YouTube on May 20: “Graeme Pullen catches the first big shark of the 2014 season and it was HUGE!”

It added: “The jaws of the shark actually cut the rubbing strip on the boat, but the shark was successfully tagged and released.”

Graeme, from Hook, is a retired businessman who has written numerous fishing books.

He set up TAFishing to upload his fishing articles and pictures.

The porbeagle shark he caught is a member of the same family as the Great White, but is not considered to be a threat to humans.

Graeme said: “I could feel something chewing on the bait and as it moved off I could feel it was a lot heavier than a Pollock.

“I thought it was a tope – a smaller member of the shark family – but as I reeled it closer it grew heavier heavier all the time and after about 40 seconds I realised it was a big shark.”

He added: “It was so big that it was spinning the boat around in circles. When it clearly got tired and it was safe to bring it alongside I brought it in.

“It was an enormous shark and when he swung his head from side to side his jaws opened right up showing his razor sharp teeth.”

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1:30pm Thu 22 May 14

Huey says...

Great story, well done for tag and release as well.
Great story, well done for tag and release as well. Huey
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1:40pm Thu 22 May 14

Hastagger says...

I'd have eaten it, or at least cut it up and given it to a foodbank. It is such a waste as there are so many hungry mouths to feed. #selfish #prayforfood #trends
I'd have eaten it, or at least cut it up and given it to a foodbank. It is such a waste as there are so many hungry mouths to feed. #selfish #prayforfood #trends Hastagger
  • Score: -21

1:44pm Thu 22 May 14

Brite Spark says...

They're gonna need a bigger boat.
They're gonna need a bigger boat. Brite Spark
  • Score: 9

1:51pm Thu 22 May 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

The SHARKS are shoaling around the waters today as its VOTING DAY ! Beware , they ALL bite ...
The SHARKS are shoaling around the waters today as its VOTING DAY ! Beware , they ALL bite ... SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 3

2:28pm Thu 22 May 14

southy says...

Graeme Pullen was fishing for Pollock when the whopping 450lb beast took hold of his bait.
Bit of a fibber, since when do you use wire to fish Pollock you don't, He intentions was for Shark fishing from the start
Graeme Pullen was fishing for Pollock when the whopping 450lb beast took hold of his bait. Bit of a fibber, since when do you use wire to fish Pollock you don't, He intentions was for Shark fishing from the start southy
  • Score: 9

2:40pm Thu 22 May 14

Hastagger says...

southy wrote:
Graeme Pullen was fishing for Pollock when the whopping 450lb beast took hold of his bait.
Bit of a fibber, since when do you use wire to fish Pollock you don't, He intentions was for Shark fishing from the start
bore-off!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Graeme Pullen was fishing for Pollock when the whopping 450lb beast took hold of his bait. Bit of a fibber, since when do you use wire to fish Pollock you don't, He intentions was for Shark fishing from the start[/p][/quote]bore-off! Hastagger
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3:38pm Thu 22 May 14

dango says...

Hastagger wrote:
southy wrote:
Graeme Pullen was fishing for Pollock when the whopping 450lb beast took hold of his bait.
Bit of a fibber, since when do you use wire to fish Pollock you don't, He intentions was for Shark fishing from the start
bore-off!
he's right though, they were obviously fishing for shark not pollock. Sometimes, not often but sometimes, Southy's correct.
[quote][p][bold]Hastagger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Graeme Pullen was fishing for Pollock when the whopping 450lb beast took hold of his bait. Bit of a fibber, since when do you use wire to fish Pollock you don't, He intentions was for Shark fishing from the start[/p][/quote]bore-off![/p][/quote]he's right though, they were obviously fishing for shark not pollock. Sometimes, not often but sometimes, Southy's correct. dango
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4:20pm Thu 22 May 14

Brite Spark says...

Was it a loan shark?
Was it a loan shark? Brite Spark
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12:25pm Fri 23 May 14

espanuel says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Was it a loan shark?
A Wonga shark.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Was it a loan shark?[/p][/quote]A Wonga shark. espanuel
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1:47pm Fri 23 May 14

southamptonadi says...

dango wrote:
Hastagger wrote:
southy wrote:
Graeme Pullen was fishing for Pollock when the whopping 450lb beast took hold of his bait.
Bit of a fibber, since when do you use wire to fish Pollock you don't, He intentions was for Shark fishing from the start
bore-off!
he's right though, they were obviously fishing for shark not pollock. Sometimes, not often but sometimes, Southy's correct.
Quite a lot of anglers use braid whatever they are fishing for, I would of thought they used quite heavy duty stuff in case that do hook the big one,
[quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hastagger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Graeme Pullen was fishing for Pollock when the whopping 450lb beast took hold of his bait. Bit of a fibber, since when do you use wire to fish Pollock you don't, He intentions was for Shark fishing from the start[/p][/quote]bore-off![/p][/quote]he's right though, they were obviously fishing for shark not pollock. Sometimes, not often but sometimes, Southy's correct.[/p][/quote]Quite a lot of anglers use braid whatever they are fishing for, I would of thought they used quite heavy duty stuff in case that do hook the big one, southamptonadi
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