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 Posted: Wed Mar 2nd, 2016 04:15 pm
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I'm fishing for the past 30 years own and run a charter boat but don't want to mention its name. Like any fisherman you have a bucket list.I have caught everything even Goliath tiger in the Congo for 3 months.

My last 2 species was broadbill and a 100 kg tuna.Long story short, for broadbill you need to find the food source first. Every one says bluenose is a good indication for broadbill.

Were you find bluenose there will be broadbill!!

For 13 years I have been marking the deal reefs off Durban.  Got myself a electric reel shimano and daiwa and 2 hand reels with 900 m of 180 pound braid. Went to Riaan Williamson of Pulsator and asked him to crimp 400 pound trace with swivels 450mm apart. My snouts and hooks I tied myself 80 pound with 6/0 circle hooks.

I knew my best chance would be to wait for 3 days of NE wind and on the turn to SW go deep and see what I get. I'll loaded 600lt of fuel, phoned my two gillies and we set off at 02h00 .at sunrise I was 15 nml from were I wanted to fish.

I started to watch my Lowrance finder she kept Bottom all the way.I saw a showing 40m off the ground. I thought it was a thermocline suddenly it dropped to 20 m from the bottom then stopped. I knew this was fish and not small one and not one or two. This was the biggest shoal of fish I ever saw.1.5 ml long just fish.

I turned around went halfway and we started drifting. Loaded the hooks with strips of squid 10 or so on each hook just ones trough at one end to make lots of movement in the water.
The trace was 10 m long with 3 kg on the Bottom and 1kg weight on the top of the trace.Lines down.

Once on the Bottom we waited about 1 min for the trace to start dragging on the Bottom.The Daiwa was first to go, the rod just bent straight down.

I could see this was big to big to lift I could see I'm getting multiple hook ups the trace came up all the snouts was broken, if it wasn't broke the hooks were bent open.

Same was the story on the hand reel to my left.Yaseen was quick to realize to hook one and bring it to the boat. it was a grouper of 27 kg.

We knew the fish down there were Much bigger in the 40 to 70 kg range.

We regrouped and doubled up on the 80 pound.

Same thing we were weighed and found out of class.By this time the SW picked up to 13 knots. time to go. I was begged to stay one more drift.

So we did and fireworks it was we came up doubles and singles but with now 9/0 kennel rounds bent open.if it wasn't grouper it was a bluenose.

Grouper was easy but the bluenose was fighting from Bottom to the top the hole 500 m plus .we ended up with 4 grouper and 10 bluenose GT weighing 250 kg in 3 drifts.

Holding on and boat on auto pilot we headed back home to shallower water for 4 hours.

But it was worth it I proved that we have very good fish out deep if you have the right gear and balls for it.

Photos was taken to ORI to Id the fish it was the two species but no one would ever thought that Durban had bluenose on its coastline.

For the past week I've been prepping my boat and rigs.I left the grounds with the big fish and only brought small ones home.next time its the big ones I'm targeting.

This is the most excited I was in years of fishing. I know what's out there and it will blow the most experience fishermen's mind.

its the holy grail of fishing.I orders my heavy deepdrop electrical reel from pulsator the best for this depth.we going even deeper.

Because they live between 500 and 1500 m depth only in certain conditions you find them shallow on 500 plus so next trip its 700 to 900 m

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will post a few video clips shortly

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 Posted: Wed Mar 2nd, 2016 05:13 pm
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Excellent report STB!!

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 Posted: Wed Mar 2nd, 2016 05:21 pm
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Hi Jakes,

Nice catches, especially for Durban.

Some of these fish look like wreck fish to me. Did you identify them?

EDIT: On whos boat were you fishing?

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very interesting there.

tried searching for a blue nose gt/ kingfish but came up empty handed.

so please advise.
Nice fish you guys got.

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willem wikkel spies wrote:
very interesting there.

tried searching for a blue nose gt/ kingfish but came up empty handed.

so please advise.
Nice fish you guys got.


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_butterfish

This should help clarify the species

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nice fish there . Hi Bennie . i think its a bit wrong of you to say that they look like wreckfish to you and that they are iegal to catch . i know its not easy to identify a fish on a foto as far as i know they were identefied by ORI as some rock cod spesies . i think they did well to go and explore the depths of durban . def a first for our waters. well done SIMPLY THE BEST . Not fishing on line

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Thanks Nantes.Hi bennie surely I know my fish but to be absolutely sure I went and saw Shaun at ORI not just for the grouper but to find out more of what spesie I might get there.Shaun is to my knolage the most qualified person around.He is a professor and did his theses on the grouper spiesies.it was identified as a moustarge grouper.But defnitly not a wreckfish.for its shape and color.But that was a plus the topic is the bluenose that nobody new we had here and defnitly not in this tipe of numbers.This is pioneer work my buddy.Proper new frontiers.

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Thanks Nantes. Hi Bennie surely I know my fish but to be absolutely sure I went and saw Shaun at ORI not just for the grouper but to find out more of what specie I might get there. Shaun is to my knowledge the most qualified person around. He is a professor and did his theses on the grouper species. The fish was identified as a moustache grouper.But definitely not a wreckfish.for its shape and color. But that was a plus the topic is the bluenose that nobody new we had here and definitely not in this tipe of numbers. This is pioneer work my buddy. Proper new frontiers.

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fryfly wrote:
willem wikkel spies wrote:
very interesting there.

tried searching for a blue nose gt/ kingfish but came up empty handed.

so please advise.
Nice fish you guys got.


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_butterfish

This should help clarify the species


Thanks Fry... Sjoe, Thought for a minute there was a kingfish that I'd never targeted.

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thanks, nou weet ek ook.

dis diep hengel daai, amper soos kite hengel!!!

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thanks for sharing..interesting

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