“I Think We Need A Bigger Boat”

No, really

Brett Sinclair broke a world record when he hooked a 260kg tiger shark during a game-fishing competition near Karratha in WA.

Amazingly, he caught it on a 6kg fishing line, which is usually used for snapper and salmon. He beat the world’s previous best catch on 6kg line by more than 100kg.

…Mr Sinclair, an industrial chemist, was with his cousin and the boat’s skipper. “It’s only a small 19ft (5.7m) boat,” he said. “When the shark started to run, we had to drop the anchor and go after it. It took hours for the shark to tire.”

It wasn’t until the shark rose to the surface that Mr Sinclair realised how big it was. “It’s an intense moment.” he said.

“You’ve got a 250kg monster thrashing around. The tail was smashing the boat and water was going everywhere.”

The shark was too big for the boat, so it had to be tied to the side of the vessel and towed to shore.

7 Responses to ““I Think We Need A Bigger Boat””

  1. Skyler says:

    Was he an old man in that sea?

  2. tree hugging sister says:

    Can you put that in English? What’s a kg weigh?

  3. JeffS says:

    Kilograms measure MASS, Sis, so you can’t say “What’s a kg weigh?”

    If you want (to gain) WEIGHT, you need (FIG) NEWTONS. Newtons factor in the local gravitational force (expressed here on Earth as acceleration, 32.17 feet/second^2, or 9.8066 meters/second^2), (roman catholic) mass ignores it.

    English units of measurements are confusing because it uses pounds (mass) and pounds (force) [abbreviated lbm and lbf], where 1 pound (mass) = 1 pound (force). The metric system does not have this built in confusion.

    So, 1 kilogram = 9.8066 Newtons (on Earth), and the proper phrasing of your question is:

    “What does a kilogram mass?”

    The correct answers are:

    “1 kilogram masses 2.204622621849 pounds-mass.”

    “On Earth, 1 kilogram of mass weighs 9.8066 Newtons and 1 Newton = 0.2248089430997 pounds-force.”

    “A 250 kg shark masses 551.1556554622 pounds-mass, and on Earth weighs 2451.6625 Newtons, or 551.1556554622 pounds-force.”

    Of course, the gravitational field does vary around the world, so the above answers are merely a generalized calculation. Please consult your local physicist if you are curious as to regional variations.

  4. JeffS says:

    Hmmmm! I messed up the HTML tags. Sis, would you be so kind as to fix this? Accuracy is important to me, as you can tell.


  5. Mr. Bingley says:

    Typical engineer: you ask him what time it is and he tells you how a clock works.

  6. JeffS says:

    We engineers have standards to maintain, Mr. B! And thanks for editing the HTML tags.

    But I learn something new every day: I didn’t know Sis likes Fig Newtons!

  7. Mr. Bingley says:

    I live to serve!

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