533kg tiger shark landed off Swansea

A GROUP of Lake Macquarie shark hunters joined an elite club last weekend when they landed this 533.9-kilogram tiger shark on 15-kilogram line approximately 30 kilometres off Swansea on the Continental Shelf.

They also caught a 260-kilogram tiger on 15-kilogram line and a 196-kilogram on a 10-kilogram line.

"To land anything over 100lbs is a meritorious capture," fishing identity Jason Nunn said on Friday.

"These fish are huge and difficult to fight.

"Typically you can fight them for hours and a lot are lost as a result. To catch a fish like that first-up in the morning and then back it up with two more is a pretty significant effort by the angler and crew."

It's not the biggest tiger shark caught out of Lake Macquarie. That record is held by Swansea angler Glen Kirkwood who landed a 619-kilogram behemoth on 15-kilogram on September 19, 1990.

Leanne Grieves, from Lake Macquarie, hooked a 548-kilogram tiger on the same line class in 1989.

But this fish is certainly the largest tiger shark caught this year, due largely to the fact that no one has been able to get outside consistently due to poor weather this year.

"You don't normally see the big tigers coming on till April," Nunn said.

"They travel south with the east Australian current, and when it cools off they head back up.

"But if this is any indication what's heading down, we may be in for a big season."

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