An angler fishing out of Looe, in Cornwall, caught and released blue sharks estimated at 180lb and 138lb.
Alex McKay, of Liskeard, Cornwall, was fishing on September 20 with charter skipper Murray Collins, aboard his boat Swallow.
“The big one was 9ft 6in long with a 3ft girth and took two hours and 10 minutes to land on 30llb line,” said Alex, a member of the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain, who, along with Murray, had 43 in total.
A family fishing adventure produced 20 blue sharks, the best estimated at 145lb.
The big one was caught by Stuart Lane, who was fishing with his brothers Steve and Jon, plus dad Geoff.
The quartet, from Bournemouth, Dorset, caught 20 blues, their first of the species, while aboard Rob ‘Chippy’ Chapman’s Bite Adventures, out of Penzance, Cornwall, with Geoff also catching one of more than 100lb.
Using heavy spinning rods and fixed-spool reels, they baited mackerel flappers on circle hooks.
Graham Laverock had always wanted to catch a shark, and his dream came true when he boated a 90-pounder while fishing out of Milford Haven.
He travelled from Yorkshire to fish with Haven Boat Charters, Pembrokeshire, and within 40 minutes of setting up, this blue, estimated at 90lb, was on. It made four powerful runs and was landed by skipper David Hancock.
Blue sharks weighing an estimated 100lb were the top fish in the 2016 Shark Angling Club of Great Britain annual festival at Looe, Cornwall.
The three-day event from July 6-8 attracted 32 anglers fishing from nine boats and produced 68 sharks.
Billy Whistance from Bolton, Lancs, and Robert White from Market Harborough, Leics, caught the largest sharks. Billy’s blue shark measured 91 inches long with a 29in girth, while Robert’s was 89in long with a 31in girth, both worth 120 points and with an approximate weight of 100lb.
Runner-up was John Shaw, of Tavistock, Devon, with a blue measuring 88in long with a 31in girth for 119 points, and an estimated weight of 93lb.
Richard Day from Hitchin, Herts, won the prize for the most sharks with seven. The skipper’s prize for the largest shark was shared between Murray Collings , of The Swallow, and Steve Brenchley, of Meerkat. Murray’s boat also produced the most sharks, 15 sharks over three days.