Here's a clip of the first run. when this started it had been taking line already for 30 seconds:)
I went out last night to nightcliff jetty with my two crocodile handler friends for a spot of fishing. I had the plan to catch a shark and as it happens my wish came true. An 8/9ft Tiger Shark kicked the shit out of me for 40 minutes.
I brought out my big shimano beastmaster and fin nor offshore 6500 loaded with 80 lb power pro, 100lb mono leader and 150lb wire trace and large circle hook.
So I caught a fish of some unknown variety of around a pound and prepared a tasty shark snack, cast a little way off the jetty and lay back on my sleeping bag talking to Mitch. 4 minutes before high tide the reel woke up and started a little clicking so I was on it like a shot..gently winding down and then bam..all hell breaks loose. A gentle biet for the resulting fallout!!
I briefly saw the fish under the lights as he took off high speed out to sea. I hung on as at least 150 yards of power pro zipped from the singing reel. Over the next 15 minutes I ran from one side of the jetty to the other pumping, getting hammered and hoping he would stay out from the structure until the pressure started to wear him out.
Then after this the shark came up and headed around the southern edge of the structure. Under the lights we could now see it perfectly and the tiger markings. Deon announced 'it's a big tiger mate..keep it up man' maybe 8 or 9 feet'
For the next 15 minutes I brought him back and forth to the shore. Mitchell went down on the rocks and prepared to land the fish somehow. At one point he declared he would jump in. I said that was maybe a bad idea and continued with the workout. By this time I was wearing down because of the long rod and the angle i was fighting the fish. Sweat was running off my skin in buckets.
For the last ten minutes, after the shark had come in close to the rocks in just 3 ft of water, the battle was under the jetty... the fish came under my feet and headed to the north side of the jetty. So this put the rod at a hard angle. For a good few minutes the rod was actually clamped hard handle to the stars..tip to the water..held fast against the side of the jetty and I had no way to lift it. I asked deon to help and slowly we worked the fish back. This happened three times until he passed around a pilling at a weird angle which spelt disaster.The wire gave way just above the circle and thay was that. I lay down for ten minutes as my whole body took a very good pounding! well i got my wish and am still hurting now!!:)