Greg Whitehead had every reason to smile as a day off the west coast of Gurnsey saw him boat his first ever blue shark in the shape of this 50lb-plus fish.
He was fishing with his friend Rik Le Ray aboard his own vessel, ‘Blue Fin’, and the duo attracted the attentions of the predators by introducing a smelly concoction of mashed fish known as chum to create an attractive column of scent in the ocean.
Mackerel livebaits were the winning baits and Rik also got in on the action when he landed the biggest shark of the trip that was estimated to have weighed over 80lb.
“It was mind-blowing to see the fish stalking inside the chum and then make a beeline for our hookbaits,” Greg told Angling Times. “I’ve never seen fish move so quickly and with so much aggression.”