Huge Greenland Shark Smashes Kayak Fishing Record
Jackson Kayak pro staffer Joel Abrahamsson set out to not just beat the 2008 kayak fishing record of 500-pound salmon sharks caught by Howard McKim, Christopher Mautino, Allen Sansano and Allen Bushnell - he aimed to crush it. He did just that when he reeled in an estimated 1,247-pound Greenland shark less than a mile off Norway’s Andorja Island on September 1.
Abrahamsson floated out into the 1600-feet deep water specifically looking for the rare shark species. After strapping himself into the kayak and setting his line to yield a 50-pound drag he dropped his bait down into the depths. It took Abrahamsson 25 minutes to drop the eight-pound coalfish bait in order to avoid tangles and 20 minutes to wind it back up to check it, which had to be done every two to three hours.
After a few false starts the shark finally stuck and the fight was on. You can see a part of the 90-minute fight in the video below:
Abrahamsson called the fight one of the strangest of his career. "The fish is not a spectacular fighter but constantly tugs its head down and pulls slowly," he said. "The fight was just gruesome and extremely heavy. A few times it got a bit gnarly. I was scared of going over.”
When he finally reeled the leader past his rod tip he passed the shark off to his support boat where the scientists on board quickly measured, weighted and released the shark. If the shark was kept on the surface for longer than five minutes there was a chance to cause the shark serious harm.
With a new record under his belt Abrahamsson is not done, his next goal is to catch a 225-pound Atlantic halibut from his kayak.
Via Kayak Fish Magazine