The one that didn’t get away!

Shark catchers Andrew Withy(left) and Michael Renney pictured with the shark they caught off Hartlepool. Picture by Tom Collins.

Shark catchers Andrew Withy(left) and Michael Renney pictured with the shark they caught off Hartlepool. Picture by Tom Collins.

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THIS 10ft long 380lb shark was landed by a fisherman off the coast of Hartlepool.

Michael Renney was stunned when he checked his nets to discover he had landed the monster.

But instead of the usual lobster, cod and or sole he expected to see, Michael got a shock when the porbeagle shark reared up out of the sea.

It had got caught in his fishing nets and he seized the opportunity to catch it and bring it back to the shore.

But the shark was too much of a whopper to bring on board.

Instead, Michael lassoed its tail and towed it back to the Headland’s fish quay.

The 28-year-old said: “I was bringing my nets in and saw a big white splash.

“I thought it was just a big fish but when the head came out the water I realised it was a shark.

“I was just surprised more than anything else to catch a shark.

“I just lassoed its tail because we couldn’t get it on the boat.

“It put up quite a fight. It took about half an hour to tow it back and about another 20 minutes to land on the quay.”

Michael was out on his 21ft inshore fishing boat William Mary on Tuesday afternoon off Longscar Buoy around a mile-and-a-half off town.

“I was surprised because you don’t normally see them in such shallow waters,” said Michael, who returned to being a fisherman last year after working in the cable industry.

He added: “I have caught sharks before on other boats but never on my own boat.

“They can take your hand or finger off, they are quite aggressive fish. They are normally about six or eight miles from the coast.”

The shark weighed in at 380lb and Michael, a dad-of-two from Powlett Road, Hartlepool, promptly sold it to Hodsgon Fish fishmongers.