Shimano UK managing director Adam Nurse was first to experience the raw power of one of these impressive creatures, when within only 10-minutes of casting the rods into the chum line the first float slid out of site and the Tyrnos Multiplier went into melt down! After a fight that lasted around 15-minutes - but seemed a lot longer – the first shark of the day was brought aboard Whitewater, a cracking fish weighing well over 100lb and measuring over 7ft long.
Unlike the days of old when many shark were often brought back to dry land, it was a great experiencing watching these beautiful creatures swimming off strongly back out in the sea. It’s one thing holding a large pike by the wrist of the tail as it swims away, but holding on to the tail of a 7ft blue before it dashes off is something I’m sure none of us will forget.
As the day went on, the sharks just kept coming! I’m sure many people would struggle to believe just how good the fishing is out of the Welsh coast at the moment and truth be told the amazing thing about it is you really don’t know what’s going to pick up your baits next! Even though the primary species we were targeting were the Blues, there was always a chance of a big Portbeagle turning up and only last year Andrew helped boat the first Mako shark off the Welsh coast in years for one of his clients.