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Do you fish with a handline?
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Handline fishing - poll  Rating:  Rating
 Posted: Tue Sep 30th, 2008 11:38 am
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Location: Durban, South Africa
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I would like to get the views of other anglers regarding handline fishing. Have you done it, do you do it what's up with this method of fishing. I am not talking about when you were 3 years old before you got your first rod, but now in the present.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 30th, 2008 12:21 pm
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Ya I tried it, years ago, didnt really like it. But Im not too experienced with it. Besides, I can cast much further with a rod, and I have more control with a fish when using a rod, and what about cutting your hands when a fish decides to take off? No thank you!

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 Posted: Wed Oct 1st, 2008 06:06 am
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I worked as a longline fisherman with the Japanese in the late 70's for some years.All the fish caught are pulled by handline.Our hands were protected by gloves of course, rubber kitchen type(much better quality than rsa shite)and woolen mittens,overtime using two pairs of mittens over the rubber gloves.Ones hands are eventually so calloused that one could not close the hand at all, the whole palm of the hand a hard skin!
It is a fine way of catching fish, especially Marlin and all Tuna specie.
Handlines from the harbour wall and in the lagoon's are also a productive way to catch fish as the hand is most sensitive to the fish and one feels every movement made.
I fished Snoek and Yellowtail with handline,would really like to try the rod and reel combo on something deepsea.I know its hard work hauling a large Marlin to the boat.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 1st, 2008 09:13 am
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Joined: Fri Dec 28th, 2007
Location: Glencairn , South Africa
Posts: 6241
Equipment: Rods, reels, handlines, bungees.....
Best Catch: 100kg Yellowfin,20kg Kob,12kg Leervis,19kg GT,35kg Dorado,3kg Galjoen
Favorite Fishing Spot: False bay and surrounds
Boat:  ARK Fishduc2 "Durex"
I love fishing with a handline, but enjoy using a rod and reel just as much!
Off cape point we have landed Yellowfin tuna up to 90kg on handlines..... now that is a rush!

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 Posted: Tue Oct 7th, 2008 05:51 pm
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Carlos Moran

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For bottom fishing I only use a handline,got a yellowfin of 35,wow,I also want a 90 on handline!Did you use a bungy or plankmaster?I had lots of bleeding elbows becouse of those f#@*&ing mako sharks while youre fishing for silwers and hake.

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