i agree john, though i think taking a fish that size on gear that light would probably go a long way to killing it anyway.This is close to me, we have them in my area as well as great whites. A couple of my spear fishing mates were swimming with a 5m great white at the weekend.
Note the 15kg gear used to catch it, many on here wouldn't fish that light for blues.
Shame to see such a big fish killed just for a few photos and to break a record.
it was the accepted norm back in the day john, so i don't hold it against anyone. times move on and attitudes change and the majority of people will just not kill fish for no purpose these days .It reminds me of the Common Skate/Porbeagle photos of the late 60s and 70s, all dangling off a gantry. As a small boy I used to be impressed, but I learned to be disgusted.
I agree shark is really good to eat, pointless killing a fantastic fish like this though.I killed and released sharks back in the UK 30 years ago. Killed sharks were eaten and not wasted just like any other fish I caught. Even here I've kept small mako sharks as they are good to eat and in very good numbers.
These days most of us are aware many species are under threat as well as the eating qualities can be quite dangerouse in high end predators. Flake is the name shark meat goes under in fish and chip shops here which is as popular as cod in the UK. The smaller sharks used in the comercial industry aren't as rare as the giant sharks like this tiger.
Killing a huge animal only to dump it at the end of the day isn't for me and the majority of anglers in this day and age.
As for almost being dead catching it on light gear, I would disagree especially with tiger sharks. These are a big heavy slow fight that are more like hooking to the bottom than a fight. Unlike the fast aggressive fighters that use all their energy in fast runs and jumps these heavy weights just plod along. I've caught tigers from 1.5m to 3.5m and the fight is always the same, even though not intensional hooked they have all been released.
The things the human race does to natureI do wonder about the mentality of people who look at that picture and feel proud that it's them with that creature hung up dead, but that's none of my business..
And I'll think you will find that the rules of WSF prohibit the discussion of what any angler does with his catch. Catch and release or Catch and Kill it's the angler's prerogative.Every day of the week thousands of sharks are killed for food mainly shark fin soup, and there is no law against doing it.
This chap catches one shark and all hell breaks loose, if there is anything wrong with society it is it's lack of understanding of the world at large.
If you want to help the shark population chase the people who are wiping them out and not some over excited angler who catches one potential world record on such light gear.