A WESTCOUNTRY fisherman is planning to catch the great white shark which is heading towards the Cornish coast.
The 70-year-old, Zyg Gregorek, has caught dozens of sharks during a lifetime of extreme fishing all over the world.
For his next challenge, the seafaring pensioner plans to catch the 2,000lbs fish, named Lydia, and release it back into the wild after weighing it.
The 15ft shark became the first of its species ever recorded crossing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge as part of ground-breaking ocean life study – and it is now within 800 miles of the UK.
The team charting her progress with a GPS tracker revealed yesterday that the shark might be heading our way to give birth after travelling 19,400 miles in the past year.
Mr Gregorek from Halwill, Devon, holds a string of world records after spending decades chasing fish across the globe.
"I've caught Great White Sharks in the past - they're very strong and are good fighters so I'd expect to battle with it for a few hours before catching it,” said the grandfather-of-five.
"Great White's aren't the toughest to capture so I'd feel quite confident – Tiger Sharks seem to be the most difficult to catch.
"I know I'm no spring chicken but I'm confident I could take it on. It would be like fighting a miniature bull but I've got all the experience behind me to do it.”
The fearless fisherman plans to lure Lydia by leaving mashed up fish guts in a trail behind the boat.
He will then use a 130lbs line with a 50lbs clasp to hook the shark while standing on a 20ft catamaran.
"Though I'd have two skippers on board I wouldn't have any help catching the shark as I have too much pride,” he said.