Founded in Looe in 1953, the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain is both a membership organisation and booking agent for shark fishing trips off Cornwall's south coast
The Shark Angling Club of Great Britain was established over 60 years ago in the South Cornwall fishing town of Looe. This has made Looe the de facto UK capital for shark fishing and as such there are a number of boats operating shark boats from the harbour here.
The waters off Looe are ideal for shark fishing with the fishing grounds being around 10 to 15 miles off the coast. The most common species found in these waters is the blue shark followed by the porbeagle. Less common but regular catches include thresher and mako sharks. Although most of the sharks caught off the coast here are fairly small a few whoppers have been landed over the years including a couple of 500lb mako sharks back in 1966 and 1971.
Whilst boat trips are open to on-members to become a member you will be required to catch a qualifying sized shark prior to joining. Prospective members must have caught a porbeagle shark measuring no less than 54 inches from tip to tail or a blue shark measuring at least 84 inches.
The club has operated a catch and release policy since 1994 meaning sharks are released back into the sea after weighing.