- Fisherman pulls in massive 400kg tiger shark off Queensland coast
- Ryan Selvey reeled in ‘a proper bucket list’ catch on K’Gari Island
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A ‘stoked’ fisherman has reeled in a whopping 400kg shark at popular angling spot after the beast put up an ‘intense’ fight.
Ryan Selvey was fishing on K’Gari Island (formerly Fraser Island) in Queensland when he and his mates pulled the three-metre fish through ‘rips, gutters and sand banks’ to land this week.
The Gold Coast man said he was shocked and ‘over the moon’ after fulfilling a bucket list wish – but it didn’t come easy.
Mr Selvey was using a custom-built rod more than 35 years old when he set up his bait.
‘I paddled a bait out on the surfboard around 250 to 300 metres and dropped it,’ he told Nine News.
Ryan Selvey (pictured, right) was fishing on K’Gari Island in Queensland when he and his mates pulled the three-metre fish in
Mr Selvey and his mates celebrated before dragging the beast back out to sea this week
A short time after he felt a tug on the line as the shark snapped up the bait, sparking a full-blown battle of wills.
‘Fighting this thing in the rips, gutters and sand banks on the east coast of Fraser was intense,’ he said on social media.
But with the help of his mates he was able to reel the ‘proper bucket list fish’ in to knee-deep waters.
‘I was pretty stoked … it’s the happiest I’ve been with a fish in all my life,’ he said.
‘Absolutely over the moon.’
Images of Mr Selvey posing with friends alongside the shark were posted to social media showing them pulling back the shark’s nose and exposing its razor-sharp teeth.
Images of Mr Selvey posing with the shark were posted to social media (pictured)
The fisherman (pictured) said the 400kg catch was a ‘proper bucket list fish’
Mr Selvey said the huge Tiger shark was missing the tip off its tail which he suspected was from a run-in with another shark, possibly during a mating stoush.
He said a lot of beachgoers stopped to watch the drama unfold, adding he could not have done it without his mates.
The boys held the beast in knee-deep water for 90 seconds as they took pictures and celebrated their victory.
Then they dragged the ocean predator back out to sea before it bolted away.
It comes after dramatic vision emerged in April of a tiger shark attempting to snack on a turtle in Coral Bay off the Western Australian coast.
The drone footage showed the predator repeatedly attacking the sea creature before finally giving up.
Mr Selvey said the huge catch was missing the tip off its tail which he suspected was from a run in with another shark possibly during a mating season (pictured, a stock image)
Tiger sharks are named for the dark, vertical stripes that are mainly found on juvenile sharks
The large, blunt-nosed predators have a reputation as man-eaters
The tiger shark is second only to great whites in frequency of attacks on people
They are less likely to let go after biting a human as their palates are near completely undiscerning
Scavengers by nature, tiger sharks have an almost limitless menu of diet items including fish, seals, birds and dolphins
They have sharp, teeth and powerful jaws that allow them to crack the shells on sea turtles and clams
Tiger sharks are common in tropical and sub-tropical waters around the world
They can grow up to as much as 5 metres in length and weigh more than 635kg
They are listed as near-threatened
Source: National Geographic