|Joel Abrahamsson lands 1,247 greenland shark - from Facbeook|
|Joel Abrahamsson lands 1,247 greenland shark - from SVT video|
"It was scary as hell and I loved every second of it!" stated Joel while describing the catch to his friends on his Facebook page. He explained that when he first hooked the shark, it began taking line off a pre-set 50lb drag and he knew right away that he was in for the fight of his life. Joel was wearing a harness and notes that there were several occasions when he felt he might get pulled into the water.
It took Joel 90 minutes to land the massive shark. Once the leader passed over the tip of his rod and he touched it thereby setting the record--as soon as an angler is able to touch the leader, a fish is considered to be officially landed-- he passed his rod over to the marine scientists so they could begin their work.
|Joel Abrahamsson celebrates after landing world record greenland shark - from Facbeook|
And for the folks wondering about the previous record, according to Kayak Fishing Magazine, the previous kayak fishing record was set in Alaska in 2008 when Howard McKim, Christopher Mautino, Allen Sansano and Allen Bushnell reeled in an estimated 300-500 pound salmon shark. The heaviest catch from a kayak to ever make it to a certified scale was a 225 pound blue marlin caught off Hawaii's Big Island in 2010.
Video from article in SVT.