Joondalup fisherman hopes to educate fishers in catching of sharks to reduce risk of killing them

Paul Murphy with a 3.9m tiger shark he caught in Perth last summer.
Paul Murphy with a 3.9m tiger shark he caught in Perth last summer.

JOONDALUP resident Paul Murphy hopes people drawn towards shark fishing as a hobby will minimise the risk of killing the fish.

Mr Murphy has a background in marine and aquaculture study and wants Fisheries to establish a tagging and record system for future research and development as it does with pink snapper.

“Shark fishing is becoming a massive hobby now in WA,” he said.

“People are after the catch of a lifetime experience but the biggest thing we need to put out there is the safety of the shark.

“Now that it is summer I will be chasing the sharks around the metro area, hoping to show people that sharks are in large numbers in our metro areas.

“I will be out this summer trying to catch sharks not to harm but to research and enjoy my fishing.”

Mr Murphy said a recent news article about a man catching a 4m tiger shark up north and taking three hours to bring it in prompted him to share his experience catching a shark last summer.

He and friends were fishing north of Cottesloe one night last January and he kayaked a bait out about 300-350m offshore.

“Waiting for the bite, my rod took off around 11.30pm,” he said.

“At this time I could not tell what was on the end of my line but it sure was powerful.

“It only took me one hour and 15 minutes to pull this beautiful tiger shark in on a Shimano tiagra 30w with 80lb braided fishing line.

“As we got her to shore we took a quick measurement – a whopping 3.9m tiger shark.

“She was my first tiger shark caught and being a Perth metro shark was very rewarding.

“We made sure that the tiger was safety guided back in the water before we let her go to swim by itself.

“I took one hour and 15 minutes to bring a shark in so I could minimise the risk of killing the shark.”

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