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A New Zealand fisherman got the shock of his life when a 13ft shark dragged his kayak along for 500 metres in a 15-minute ordeal.

James Brown was fishing from the small vessel in Kawakawa Bay, Auckland when he accidentally hooked a bronze whaler shark.

Incredible footage filmed on the 41-year-old’s head-mounted GoPro camera shows the fast-swimming sea predator dragging him for half a kilometre before angrily leaping from the sea twice.

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But luckily design boss James, from Auckland, managed to escape the ordeal when the fuming fish bit through his line and swam off.

He said: “I had a line down directly beside me and I hooked a small snapper.

“When I started winding it up, it suddenly gained a couple of hundred kilos.

“It just gained weight really, really quickly, until the rod was bent right over and started towing me around the sea.

“I had it on for close to 15 minutes, before it woke up and got frisky.

“It dragged me around for about half a kilometre, before I think it realised it was attached to a fisherman and it started leaping out of the water.

“It surfaced about 50 or 60 metres away.

“I was absolutely astonished at the size of the thing and the sound of it when it splashed back in the water was pretty incredible.

“Imagine the sound of a cow doing a belly flop in a swimming pool – that comes pretty close.

“I’d estimate it at three to four metres and, at a guess, around 300kg.

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“I thought, what the f*** am I going to do with this? I’m in a freaking kayak.”

James filmed his adventure in the early hours of December 4 and using a light rod only, as he was only planning to hook small fish.

He had just noticed a small bite while fishing in four-metre-deep water when suddenly his rod was wrenched downwards.

The 41-year-old initially hoped what was dragging him was a ‘solid’ kingfish, but soon realised it was something much bigger.

And when the bronze whaler realised it was towing a passenger, it wasn’t happy at being caught.

Video from James’ camera shows his journey, as the giant creature – nearly the same size as his kayak – hauled him at top speed.

Luckily, before the huge shark could turn around and come at him after jumping out of the water, it bit through the line and swam away.

Bronze whalers are not friendly to humans, and can get aggressive in the presence of a food source.

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In the video, James can be heard shouting: “I don’t want that anywhere near my boat!

“Hopefully it doesn’t come back and get too angry.”

He added: “I caught a hammerhead and an eagle ray one after the bronzie.

“So I still managed to go home with a good little catch to share around.”

James filmed his adventure in the early hours of December 4 and using a light rod only, as he was only planning to hook small fish.

He had just noticed a small bite while fishing in four-metre-deep water when suddenly his rod was wrenched downwards.