Fisherman catches ‘record breaking’ 11ft killer shark in Brit waters after 2 hour battle


A fisherman has caught an 11ft killer shark, which he believes is a record for British waters.

Rob Rennie is only one of a handful of fishermen to have caught a rare but deadly mako, which is a cousin of the Great White shark.

The 49-year-old was shark fishing on his charter boat 35 miles off the coast of west Wales when the monster specimen bit onto a mackerel bait.

He and five colleagues, among them first time shark angler Daniel Kingsbury, spent two hours bringing the shark alongside their 32ft long vessel.

By estimating its length and girth he calculated its weight at between 800lbs and 1,200lbs.

Fisherman Rob Rennie believes he has broken the record for catching a killer mako shark in British waters

The current record for a rod-caught mako shark in UK waters stands at 500lbs and dates back to 1971.

The rules on claiming such records state the specimen must be weighed on land.

The crew were 35 miles off the coast of west Wales when the monster specimen bit onto their mackerel bait

Rob estimated its weight at between 800lbs to 1,200lbs

As this would have meant killing the shark Rob decided against this and released it back into the sea.

It would also not have been possible to bring it back to shore due to its sheer size and level of danger.

He is hoping a record can be claimed via an estimated length basis.

Reeling the shark in would have been impossible due to the size of the boat

Makos are the fastest shark species in the world. They are also very aggressive and have been known to attack humans.

They are considered far more deadly than the three other native sharks in UK waters – the blue, porbeagle and thresher.

And in catching the mako Rob has become only the second fishermen in British maritime history to catch all four shark species.

The shark was over a third of the size of the boat

Rob, a charter boat skipper from Hereford, said: “Makos are dangerous – probably on par with the Great White.

“This one was huge. He was so big that we couldn’t reel him in and had to actually drive the boat to him and pick up the slack.

“I would say it was at least 11ft and had an enormous girth. My guess would be that it weighed between 800lbs and 1,200lbs.

Rob and five colleagues spent two hours bringing the shark alongside the boat

“That would make it the biggest rod caught shark ever in British waters, which would be amazing.

“In days gone by claiming a record meant killing the shark which we absolutely weren’t going to do.

“I am still hoping we can claim a record using a system based more on trusting the honesty of the skipper.

“I’m really pleased with it as a catch and the reaction from the fishing world has been unbelievable.”

The International Shark Attack File (ISAF) has recorded 42 mako attacks on humans between 1980 and 2010, three of which were fatal, along with 20 boat attacks.

Makos are also classified as endangered by the IUCN.





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