The weekend just gone I spent in the Isle of Man. I had booked onto a shark tagging training course with the Manx Wildlife Trust. Tagging sharks is something I’ve been interested in for a long time but opportunities to actually learn the skill had been hard to come by so I was looking forward to this.
uld only be a tope. While I couldn’t quite believe I had hooked one on my first cast, I tried not to get too excited, taking my time to bring it in and let it run when it wanted to. I was expecting lots of fast runs, however the fish spent more time going side to side across the beach, rather than out to sea. Gradually I had the upper hand, it’s runs became shorter and with the leader knot on the reel I was able to bring it into the shallows and make a grab for it. After spending so many hours last year trying for tope I was over the moon to finally get my first one from the shore.