Mackerel hookbait lures big tope off Devon

Simon Silvester shows off a 37lb 8oz tope that he beached at a local rock mark near Ilfracombe in Devon.

The 40-year-old groundworker from Barnstaple, Devon, mounted a fillet of mackerel to an 8/0 Sakuma circle hook attached to a pulley rig when the shark struck during a late night session.

“The fish put up a great fight and was quickly released after we weighed it,” said Simon.