BARNSLEY fishermen blew the competition out of the water at the Whitby Fishing Festival when they managed to catch a shark.

Hosted seasonally, the fishing festival saw around 400 anglers compete from September 9 to 25, with the winner receiving a £1,000 cash prize and a two-night stay at the Middle Earth Tavern in the coastal town.

The Keel Inn Sea Fishing Angling Club based at the Canal Street venue had quite the impressive streak at the competition, with member Ian ‘Chips’ Malin taking joint first place with a 19lb Ling caught on the Sea Urchin III.

Member Paul Edwards told the Chronicle: “They also run daily prizes.

“One of our lads, Kevin Simpson, won that on the first day he got to take home £50 and the biggest fish of the day.”

Despite not being allowed in the competition, member Steve Thornton managed to catch a tope a species of shark that was estimated to weigh between 35lb to 40lb.

Paul added: “The charter we use said he’s never seen anything like it.

“It’s very unusual.”