Southwestern FRESH FISH – The weather was terrible, and the shark had made a mess of the fishing gear so Brian decided to t...
It was the mid 1990s many years ago on a rough day off Cape Naturaliste when Brian, Bazil and the team accidently caught a 17 feet Great White Shark.
The weather was terrible, and the shark had made a mess of the fishing gear so Brian decided to tow the shark into Bunkers Bay, and untangle it and deal with it on a mooring in nice calm waters.
Back then Great White Sharks weren't a protected species and the jaws fetched good money with Brian knowing he had scored luckily. At the time he estimated the jaws from that 17 feet shark to be worth around $5000. That was a lot of money back in those days.
Upon arriving in Bunkers Bay near Cape Naturaliste the team extracted the jaws from the shark and set about tidying them up. Noticing all the commotion from birds surrounding the vessel an interested recreational fisher in his dinghy came up to the vessel.
"What yous guys upto?" He asked.
Bazil then held up the jaws and showed the guy, he was so amazed he nearly fell out of his dinghy. It was a big set of jaws.
"I want them, how much?" Asked the guy.
"$5000 and they are yours" replied Brian.
"Be back soon" the guy said.
Thinking the guy was dreaming or joking the team packed the jaws away and decided to have lunch but sure enough the guy returned in his dinghy with a cheque for the money and purchased the jaws!
The team was gobsmacked, not a bad days fishing considering they hadn't caught much else. Turns out the guy owned a venue in Perth at the time and wanted them for the wall.
(Photo for illustration purposes which is of Bazil with a different Great White Shark from a different time)