AUGUST 16 2011 11:09h
Man lands 573-lb. shark with 13-lb. line
Brett Sinclair, 27, of Sydney said he was participating in the Dampier Classic Aug. 1 near Karratha when he landed the tiger shark, which weighs more than 220 pounds more than the previous largest catch for a 13-pound line, The (Perth) Sunday Times reported Monday.
"We had already caught a small tiger shark an hour or two before," Sinclair said. "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."
The King Bay Game Fishing Club, which organized the Dampier Classic, said the tiger shark was the largest catch in the history of the competition.
KARRATHA, Australia, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- An Australian man participating in a fishing competition set a world record when he landed a 573-pound tiger shark using a 13-pound line.