Sunday 18 March 2018

Irish fisherman (69) 'thrilled' to catch nine blue sharks off the coast of Cork

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A group of Irish fishermen are 'over the moon' after catching nine blue sharks in one weekend - on their first try.

Harry Catchpole (69) has been fishing all his life and had never before caught a blue shark.

Last weekend, Catchpole went on a fishing weekend to County Cork and not only caught his first blue shark, but together with his fishing group, his first nine.

Daughter Tanya Catchpole contacted to share the news.

Harry, together with friends John Hughes and John Cassidy, travelled down to Cobh in Cork to try their hand at shark fishing for the first time.

The group, who Harry joked are now calling themselves the 'Blues Brothers', make the trip every year to try different types of fishing.

Harry told that he was "thrilled" with their "beginner's luck".

"It was the very first time I tried it... I am over the moon".

"We caught nine in total over two days. They ranged from fourty pounds to - what we estimate - was around 75 pounds!"

Harry credits fishing with "keeping me alive, keeping me active".

Harry explains that the group don't harm the sharks, merely fishing for fun and then releasing the animals back into the water.

"We put them back in alive... we don't harm them in any way. We just measure them and take a few photos. It's for sport - a hobby".

Shark fishing is quite particular, with a requirement for a certain number of factors to go the fisherman's way. "You must be in a depth of two hundred feet plus and a minimum of 14 degrees", Harry explains. "Sharks don't like the colder water".

The conditions came good for the group around eight miles off the coast of Kinsale.

"We go to Cove every year. We stay in the Buena Vista hotel and they provide the boat. It's a wonderful set-up and he gets people coming from all over Europe".

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