It's a blue shark 'first' for English kayaker

Sam James has hooked and landed what is thought to be the first blue shark from a kayak in England in the form of this estimated 70lb-plus specimen.

The saltwater kayaking fanatic achieved the impressive feat during a trip out of Cadgwith, Cornwall, one of the most southernmost points in mainland Britain. Following a missed take, Sam made no mistakes after re-positioning a fresh mackerel bait.

He said: “The reel screamed, the rod went into a full bend and the yak shot forward, fast. I had no chance of stopping it on that first run, it was 265ft deep where we were fishing and I think it must have stopped at 260ft!”

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