Its official the IGFA shark grand slam has been confirmed as you may of seen in the magazines.
Andy Griffith from Canterbury in Kent is the first person to have registered the IGFA shark grand slam world wide and it was all from a sleepy
sea side town in wales.
Andy Griffith a dedicated angler and long time friend of Andrew Alsop the shark skipper from white water charters are no strangers to big game fish the pair of them share a life long passion for the celtic deeps especially andrew alsop celebrating 20
years this year in the sharking game.
Heres the lads above with a cracking blue fin tuna of just over 300lb caught on one off there adventures.
Andy makes the 320 mile trip to Milford Haven from Canterbury in Kent which takes about 5-6 hours, then a further 2 to 3 hours trip out to the sacred hurting grounds which only the skipper and his GPS knows the coordinates to.
He has regluar
trips during the winter but at least two trips per month through the summer with white water charters soley hiring the boat for himself to try and acheive his goal. Andys two sons Sam and Harry also love the Welsh coast line and come along for the ride from
time to time.
Back in July 2013 no one knew that this day would produce one of the worlds registered recorded bit off Angling history that can not be taken away from the celtic deeps or Andy Griffith.
Catching whopping 9 blues 1 porbeagle and the ultimate
shark a mako the lads realised that they made history with a Short fin mako of 194.04lb.
A porbeagle shark of 119.7lb and a blue shark of120.4 lb. Three sharks in less than eight hours on a single trip all over 100lb leaving
a Welsh port and returned to the same port with out a stop at any other port. They then must have the sufficiant evidence for the IGFA COMMITTEE to approve it this takes as you can tell a long time. But credit where credit is due the wait i think was worth
it for Andy Griffith and for the skipper Andrew Alsop. A huge well done lads... Check out total sea fishing magazine this month where Andy Griffith is of on his adventures again catching a four figure in weight six gill shark.. But Andy told me
that his next goal has got to be a dover sole of the shore local over 2lb. Well i think he needs to scale down abit on his tackle for that.
This has truly put wales on the map for local game fishing
and im sure many people may claim around the world that they have done this but no body has registered it. Good luck Andy Griffith in you new ventures.. ALL SHARKS WERE CAUGHT ON ROD AND LINE AND SAFELY RELEASED.
Picture above is skipper and andy with there certificate. Pic by Gareth Davies Tsf.
This world first slam record adds to skipper Andrew Alsop of white water other Welsh records claims.porbeagle, blue shark, Mako shark,Congers, stone bass, megrimans and now world wide recognised IGFA first Shark Slam!!
Short fin mako 194.04lb they can swim up to 60 kmh and jump up to 18 foot out of the sea.
Andy with Welsh actor Julian Lewis Jones with Andys blue shark of 120.04lb
Andy Griffith with Andrew Alsop holding andys porbeagle of 119.7 lb.. Below just a small selection of Andys monsters