Record-size shark caught

2016-06-30 06:00
Sunil Piyarlall with his record catch. Photo: supplied

Sunil Piyarlall with his record catch. Photo: supplied

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AVID angler Sunil Piyarlall from Scottburgh landed what could be the biggest Dusky shark caught from the shore in Mazzepa Bay in the Eastern Cape recently.

Based on a length to weight conversion from the Natal Sharks Board, the shark is estimated at 369kg.

Piyarlall said he hooked the shark at 6pm and landed it at 12.40am.

“This is an unofficial South African record and probably the largest fish ever landed at night. It took six-and-a-half hours of perseverance and determination to win the battle of angler­ against fish,” said Piyarlall.

He used shark fillet for bait and the fish was released back into the ocean after photos were taken.

In the past Piyarlall has had the most number of sharks recaptured after being tagged and released in the open ocean, as part of the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) tag and release programme. - Supplied.

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