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Fisherman reels in Jaws on kayak trip

David Wilcock

Published 28/09/2011 | 05:00

A MAN sea-fishing from a kayak was left wishing he had a bigger boat when he was dragged for half a mile after hooking a 6ft shark.

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Rupert Kirkwood (51) was fishing from the tiny craft a mile off the Devon coast in the Bristol Channel when he hooked a 65lb tope shark.

The species is harmless but that did not stop the fish turning tail and dragging Mr Kirkwood along behind it on his small kayak.

He told the 'Western Morning News' he felt a "great tug" on the line.

"These creatures are known to do a run and it is just like Jaws -- the line flew off the reel for what seemed like about 10 seconds," he said. "It was thrilling to catch something that big."

Irish Independent

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