An angler from Dagenham, Essex has told how he was left battered and bruised after he caught a 13ft Thresher shark off the coast of Looe, Cornwall.
The Daily Mail reports that Martin Roberts, 49, was shark fishing with friends on a 32ft catamaran, 20 miles off the coast.
The 350lb shark is one of the biggest ever caught in British waters, and Mr Roberts and his five-strong crew had to struggle to pull in into the boat.
Although these sharks are not man-eaters, feeding mainly on schools of fish in shallow waters, according to the Daily Mail, they can decapitate a man with a swipe of the tail.
Mr Roberts told the Daily Mail: "My arms were shaking for days after the tussle - it was an incredible couple of hours.
"The shark gave me the fight of my life - it just wouldn't give in and it was in total control.
"It tugged me around the boat four times and took up around 700 metres of my line. I am all bruised up and feel worn out. But what a fish to catch."
He added: "As soon as I felt the first tug on my rod I knew it must be quite a big fish.
"After an hour and a half, with help from everyone on board, we eventually managed to pull the shark through the hatch door on the back of the boat."
Mr Roberts said: "Everyone would love to say they caught a shark that size and I have been lucky enough to do it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing.
"We always let the sharks go - and especially after what had happened that morning. I had no reason to kill it - it gave me the best sport of my life. We got back and the whole town was celebrating."
Hilary Casson, secretary of the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain, said: "It is extremely rare to catch a Thresher shark - especially one of that size. It is a huge shark. I don't think one has been landed of Looe since the 1960s."
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