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Brett's tiger [shark] tale world class
http://www.perthnow.com.au ^ | August 13, 2011 6:00PM | Anthony DeCeglie

Posted on 08/15/2011 12:11:54 PM PDT by Red Badger

NOW this is a shark tale. Brett Sinclair broke a world record when he hooked a 260kg tiger shark during a game-fishing competition near Karratha in WA.

Amazingly, he caught it on a 6kg fishing line, which is usually used for snapper and salmon. He beat the world's previous best catch on 6kg line by more than 100kg.

The 27-year-old from Sydney was taking part in the Dampier Classic when he landed the shark from a rented boat, just after midnight on August 1.

It took more than three hours to reel the shark in.

"We had already caught a small tiger shark an hour or two before," Mr Sinclair told The Sunday Times.

"When this one took the bait, I thought it would be about the same size. I actually asked the other lads if they wanted to grab the rod and have a go, but luckily they said no."

Mr Sinclair, an industrial chemist, was with his cousin and the boat's skipper. "It's only a small 19ft (5.7m) boat," he said. "When the shark started to run, we had to drop the anchor and go after it. It took hours for the shark to tire."

It wasn't until the shark rose to the surface that Mr Sinclair realised how big it was. "It's an intense moment." he said.

"You've got a 250kg monster thrashing around. The tail was smashing the boat and water was going everywhere."

The shark was too big for the boat, so it had to be tied to the side of the vessel and towed to shore. Mr Sinclair said he caught the shark near Dolphin Island in the Dampier Archipelago. It is the biggest catch recorded in the 40-year history of the Dampier Classic, which is organised by the King Bay Game Fishing Club.

And, not only is it an Australian record, but also a world record for the biggest catch on 6kg line.

The Dampier Classic saw another Australian record broken this year when a fisherman landed a 27.4kg tiger shark on a 1kg line.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: shark; tiger

CLASSIC CATCH: Brett Sinclair, left, with Chris Bonnici, Aaron Piekarski and the 260.8kg monster shark. Source: PerthNow

1 posted on 08/15/2011 12:12:03 PM PDT by Red Badger
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2 posted on 08/15/2011 12:20:13 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Red Badger

“HAHA! WAIT TILL THE TAXIDERMY MAN SEES WHAT WE BRUNG HIM!”


3 posted on 08/15/2011 12:31:29 PM PDT by rlmorel ("When marching down the same road, one doesn't need 'marching orders' to reach the same destination")
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To: Red Badger

So are they able to sell it? What do you do with a big dead shark?


4 posted on 08/15/2011 12:35:07 PM PDT by SMARTY (A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Now there’s a “good” shark.


5 posted on 08/15/2011 12:35:10 PM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: SMARTY

Teriyaki shark-on-a-stick would be good start..............

6 posted on 08/15/2011 12:37:23 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: SMARTY
"What do you do with a big dead shark?"

Well, a lot more than you could do with him if he were alive...

7 posted on 08/15/2011 12:40:10 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Red Badger

Its gotta be butchered right away, as shark meat (and all other fish related to shark, like skates, rays, etc.) spoils quickly due to high concentration of urea in the meat. An unpalatable ammonia-like flavor is what you get.

Had skate with that tinge of ammonia flavor at a high end restaurant once, and the clueless chef came out to insist that this was normal. BS!


8 posted on 08/15/2011 12:43:16 PM PDT by mkboyce
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To: Hatteras
Very funny! But seriously, how do you get rid of it? Would a restaurant buy it?
9 posted on 08/15/2011 12:49:27 PM PDT by SMARTY (A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.)
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To: rlmorel
There's much bigger out there.

Fisherman on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. display a massive 1,100-pound tiger shark Sunday, July 17, 2005. Unfortunately, the fisherman failed to capture first place in the monster shark derby because their boat was six minutes too late in returning to Oak Bluffs harbor with its catch. (AP Photo/Chris Lewis, ohmycod.com) Then again that could be Ted Kennedy washed up...

10 posted on 08/15/2011 12:56:42 PM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: maddog55

Impressive catch, especially for Massachusetts. I’m a bit to the North, on the New Hampshire seacoast, but I can tell you for certain that Tiger Sharks are very, very rare in these waters.


11 posted on 08/15/2011 1:04:20 PM PDT by Mongeaux (''I would sooner be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone directory," W.F. Buckley)
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To: Red Badger

Sweeeeeet. A 12-footer that qualifies as a “monster”. That says more about the fact that most species of shark are being fished to the edge of extinction than anything else.

Shark tournaments are idiotic throwbacks to “Jaws” -era mentality of sharks’ place in the food chain.


12 posted on 08/15/2011 1:05:50 PM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: rlmorel

WAIT TILL THE TAXIDERMY MAN SEES WHAT WE BRUNG HIM!”.. HA! HA! Wait Till they see the bill for stuffing it. Take a picture, try to measure the length and girth, and let the thing go. Get a fiberglass model and it’s as good as the corpse on your wall. I’m fishing full time now and won’t kill anything that doesn’t go on the BBQ.


13 posted on 08/15/2011 1:12:51 PM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Red Badger
"...we had to drop the anchor and go after it. It took hours for the shark to tire."

Sharks are not built for towing anchored boats full of people.

14 posted on 08/15/2011 1:25:43 PM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: SMARTY

Cut it up and make a nice chumcicle for the next trip.


15 posted on 08/15/2011 1:25:43 PM PDT by numberonepal (Palin/Cain 2012)
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To: SMARTY

Australians eat a lot of shark. It’s the most common fish sold as “Fish and Chips” in Australia and virtually every little shopping strip has a fish and chips takeaway place. There are five within a mile of my house.


16 posted on 08/15/2011 2:56:23 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: maddog55

Man-o-man, that is ONE impressive Tiger shark! What a magnificent predator...glad to see HIM hanging up there!


17 posted on 08/15/2011 9:23:04 PM PDT by rlmorel ("When marching down the same road, one doesn't need 'marching orders' to reach the same destination")
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To: naturalman1975

Are these chain restaurants, or are they “mom and pop” types?


18 posted on 08/15/2011 9:29:34 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: SMARTY

I was down at Point Judith in Rhode Island (in the Eighties sometime) partying with a bunch of friends, and someone came in and said that someone had brought in an enormous Great White shark.

We drove over, and by the time we got there, they had already taken the carcass away...but the jaws and pectoral fins were still there.

We went up, and each one of us stood inside those huge, bloody jaws. As I stood there up to my knees in this bloody mess, I couldn’t believe the teeth. They were bone white, completely triangular and somewhere between 2 and 3 inches on a side of what looked like an equilateral triangle. But the serrations on the teeth looked so sharp I couldn’t even bring myself to touch them. They looked like if you even touched them, you would cut yourself. I remember being squeamish, wondering if I did, if I would get some kind of bizarre infection.

The other thing was the pectoral fins. They had been cut off , and a chinese guy was sitting on the curb with a HUGE knife, trying to saw through the fin.

It was longer than my arm, by a long shot. the guy was not making any headway, and he kept trying to sharpen his knife on the curb...

I was so bummed they had got rid of the carcass, the sheer size of it would have been amazing to see.


19 posted on 08/15/2011 9:40:10 PM PDT by rlmorel ("When marching down the same road, one doesn't need 'marching orders' to reach the same destination")
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To: snowrip

LOL, I think if you are on a small boat fishing with 6 kg line, that counts your catch as a monster!!!!!


20 posted on 08/15/2011 9:42:13 PM PDT by rlmorel ("When marching down the same road, one doesn't need 'marching orders' to reach the same destination")
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To: Stonewall Jackson
Mostly small family owned businesses, traditionally of a type that was commonly owned by first or second generation immigrants to Australia - so when I was growing up, most were owned by Greeks or Italian, then Asians took over, then a lot of Eastern Europeans, now quite often Middle Easterners - the type of immigrants who genuinely do want a new life in this country and are willing to work all the hours God sends in their own business to become successful. There are a few chains, but they don't tend to be that successful - Australians have embraced the idea of the fast food chains from America - McDonalds, Subway, KFC, Burger King (under the name Hungry Jacks in Australia) are all popular here, and there have been a few successful home grown chains (mostly doing chicken - Red Rooster and Oporto), but people tend to like the idea of having a local fish and chips shop. Of the five near me, four are little independent ones, and one is a 'Flakey Jakes' franchise and the only time we'd go to 'Flakey Jakes' is on a Monday (which is the one day a week most fish and chips shops shut). There's nothing wrong with Flakey Jakes, but it also doesn't stand out either - so we'd rather support somebody local.

They don't just sell fish and chips - they are also the place to go in Australia to get a non-chain hamburger or a steak sandwich.

These are pretty typical, inside and out.

21 posted on 08/15/2011 10:11:19 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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