Shark caught in Clarence River

Angler Aaron Hickson’s photo of the one-metre bull shark he caught near the Grafton Bridge.
Angler Aaron Hickson’s photo of the one-metre bull shark he caught near the Grafton Bridge.

AARON Hickson has never swum in the Clarence River – he’s always been too scared about the possibility of sharks.

And now he has another reason to give it a miss.

This week Aaron landed one bull shark and was busted off seven or eight times in the past week by what he also believed were bull sharks.

Aaron was fishing with light gear on the southern side of the Grafton Bridge for bream and flathead, but he also took a bit of heavier gear and baited it with garfish to see what would happen.

He was using 40-pound breaking strain line on the heavy rod last week, but couldn’t get any to the shore. The line was just not strong enough.

He said he lost some when the line appeared to have been bitten through and others when it frayed and snapped.

This week he went better prepared, having fitted his line with a wire trace. That did the trick.

Despite losing some, he managed to haul one bull shark, measuring about one metre and weighing an estimated 10kg, onto the bank.

He said he thought the ones he hooked last week felt heavier.

“They do get around in schools a bit, so there could be a few more around,” he said.

And for those who think there is one less bull shark in the river might need to think again – Aaron threw his catch back.

“I always catch and release,” he said.

“My friends used to have a go at me for not swimming in the river because of sharks, so now I’m telling everyone and they finally believe me.”

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