Cam fisherman catches Great White Shark off Miami beach
1:02pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A MAN from Cam has made waves in the United States after he caught a Great White Shark a mile off the coast of Miami beach.
Paul Raines from Ash Close had been treated to the fishing trip by his wife Jeanette for his 50th birthday but he had little idea that he would stir a news frenzy with his nine-foot, 300lb bite.
Mr Raines, who owns a plant hire business in Cirencester, told the Gazette that his guide for the day, called Mark the Shark, had never seen a Great White that close in his 25 years of fishing.
It took the father-of-three 45 minutes of battling with the shark to reel it in to the charter boat on the trip last Thursday (October 17).
He then let the fearsome fish go, as it is a protected species.
“I was completely worn out. It was one strong fish,” he said.
“It’s every fisherman’s dream, it's the ultimate fish to catch.”
The news that the animal, made infamous from blockbuster Jaws, was so close to shore was covered by various news channels in the states, including Fox News, and Mr Raines has also spoken to national newspapers and radio stations in the UK.
The father-of-three is more used to fresh-water fishing in Cornwall but appears to have a knack for larger animals, having caught a tiger shark and a sail fish on the same trip.
“I don’t think I have done Miami beach tourism a lot of good,” he added.
“It really was absolutely unbelievable. It’s been paradise.”
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