Fishermen Aidan Kennedy and Luke McDonald went fishing in a boat on Saturday, where they came up close with a great white shark. Photo credit: Instagram- lukemcdonald_fishing and aidankennedyfilm.
Fishermen Aidan Kennedy and Luke McDonald went fishing in a boat on Saturday, where they came up close with a great white shark. Photo credit: Instagram- lukemcdonald_fishing and aidankennedyfilm.

2.32m shark detected at South Ballina beach

A 2.32m white shark has been tagged and released from a SMART drumline at South Ballina this morning.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries stated the shark was released at 11.29am this morning.

South Ballina is the same area where a 54-tonne adult male sperm whale washed up earlier this month.

SMART drumlines are used throughout the Northern Rivers.

Diagram: The Catch-A-Live System, Smart Drum Line. A “classic” drum line consists of an anchored fishing gear, with a big floating buoy (the “drum”) at the surface and a baited hook attached to the fishing line. In order to attract sharks at short distances, the hooks are baited with big but low fat fish (milkfish, mullet…). The drumline becomes “smart” as soon as it is equipped with the Catch-A-
Diagram: The Catch-A-Live System, Smart Drum Line. A “classic” drum line consists of an anchored fishing gear, with a big floating buoy (the “drum”) at the surface and a baited hook attached to the fishing line. In order to attract sharks at short distances, the hooks are baited with big but low fat fish (milkfish, mullet…). The drumline becomes “smart” as soon as it is equipped with the Catch-A-

SMART drumlines consist of an anchor, two buoys and a satellite-linked GPS communications unit attached to a hook baited with fish.

When a shark takes the bait and puts pressure on the line, the magnet is released alerting the boat crew and DPI scientists there is an animal on the line.

A contractor is then sent to release the shark from the line.

South Ballina is the same area where a 54-tonne adult male sperm whale washed up earlier this month.