WAL Pemberton knew exactly what he had caught as the shadow below his kayak rose to the surface after an epic battle of fin versus forearm.
Wal knew it was a shark and after a few more winds of the reel, he said there was no mistaking that distinctive striped pattern.
"Even when it was down deep I could tell it was a shark with a long tail," Wal said.
"I thought it could be a thresher shark expecting it could jump out of the water, but once it came closer and I saw the stripes and its large box head I knew it was a tiger shark.
"I'm guessing it was around six foot long, but I didn't want to get too close a look before we cut it loose.
Wal made the catch off Arrawarra Headland while fishing with his mate Ron McGeorge, who was able to get a series of photos of the shark after it surfaced.
"I had been trolling a dead slimy mackerel when I hooked up on it," he said.
"The shark had half a dozen runs it in.
"I would get it close to the kayak and off it would go again and I must have fought it more than an hour.
"I've caught a few bronzies (bronze whalers) and hammerheads, but never a tiger, I'm wondering if its the first caught from a kayak."