SEALINE - South African Angling and Boating Community Home 
Home Recent Search search Menu menu Not logged in - Login | Register


 Moderated by: Enigma, Emperor
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
A Dream comes True - Tale of an Epic Fish!  Rating:  Rating
 
AuthorPost
 Posted: Thu Jan 4th, 2018 12:52 am
  PM Quote Reply
1st Post
DocPhil
Senior Member


Joined: Sat Sep 4th, 2010
Location: Melbourne , Australia
Posts: 772
Equipment: Some gear
Best Catch: A good 'un
Favorite Fishing Spot: Anywhere wild
Boat: Waverunner Atom
Club: 
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Well what an amazing night.

Caught up with Shaun from Think Big Charters in Melbourne as I usually do this time of the year to target gummy sharks. These sharks are highly prized in south-east Australia for their fight and eating qualities.
We were due to fish on Tuesday night and Shaun was scrambling to find good bait. Australian salmon and slimy mackerel are the choice and he struggled to find any that morning at his usual spots.
In the afternoon he drove across to the other side of the peninsula and launched in Port Philip where he found the bait and made sure we had enough. How is that for a charter operator going the extra mile.

Tuesday night came round and the wind was up. We made the call to postpone to Wednesday night and fish another location instead which Shaun thought will be better with the near full moon and strong tides.
With high tide at 4.15am we were off at 10pm with another mate Winga on board to do some filming.
Shaun's boat is a 6.6m Cuta Craft Big Ram with a 300HP Zuke. Beast of a boat!



My PB gummy stood at around 4kg and I was hoping for one over 10kg. We were using T-Curve rods with Twinpower 10000 reels loaded with 30Ib Powerpro and 80Ib mono leader with 8/0 circles.
A beautiful night on Port Philip bay with no-one else around other than the occasional big ship sailing past in the shipping canal behind us.

First up was a MEGA ray which gave me a good workout until it snapped off under the boat. With sore arms I had barely sat down when another rod loaded up again. This time it felt like what we were looking for with characteristic lunges and headshakes. After about 5minutes the line went slack. The circle had pulled! Very unusual.
I was gutted and convinced that was it for my dream gummy.

Around 1/2 hour later a rod loads up after a timid bite and I was thinking rubbish fish. The gummies usually don't muck about and scream off. This one was a slow bite, taking it's time in the strong current before slowly loading up.

After an epic tussle which had the guys calling bronzie due to the long powerful runs and massive headshakes she appeared and had we were all shouting and scrambling to get her on board.
The net could barely fit her in! Twice she rushed off again and nearly got caught on the motor to get to the other side. Again unusual behavior for a gummy as they are usually spent at the boat. On the third try she was close to the boat and I was praying out loud she would'nt come off. Fish of this size are a catch of a lifetime! Shaun struggled to get her in the net with in the powerful current but finally he had her head in and grabbed her tail.
We hauled her on board and she went crazy slapping our feet. As the guys weighed her and gor ready for photos I just stood there shaking my head in disbelief.

After 7 years of trying for a good one I finally have a decent gummy shark under my belt - 31.7kg. The beauty was revived and released safely. I can't stop smiling.



Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Thu Jan 4th, 2018 06:20 am
  PM Quote Reply
2nd Post
Houtarm
Senior Member


Joined: Sat Mar 7th, 2015
Location: Swellendam, South Africa
Posts: 208
Equipment: Okuma Metaloid 13.6, Daiwa BG6500, Shimano Sedona 2500, Shimano 15/30
Best Catch: Yellowfin Tuna 12kg, Leervis 84cm, Galjoen 56cm
Favorite Fishing Spot: Infanta, Blombos, Witsand
Boat: None
Club: 
Status: 
Online
Mana: 
Awesome fish Doc!

Looks a lot like the Smoothhound/ Vaalhaai we find in RSA?

Very nice _seal1_

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Thu Jan 4th, 2018 08:06 am
  PM Quote Reply
3rd Post
tadeo
Sealiner


Joined: Sun Jun 23rd, 2013
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 575
Equipment: Penn&BM
Best Catch: Anything
Favorite Fishing Spot: Water
Boat: nope
Club: wooden with nails
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Great Start to the new year::tight:

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Thu Jan 4th, 2018 10:16 am
  PM Quote Reply
4th Post
jeroen
Member
 

Joined: Sun Sep 18th, 2016
Location: Lutelgeest, Netherlands
Posts: 4
Equipment: gunki saburau & shakespeare ugly stick
Best Catch: pike 100 cm
Favorite Fishing Spot: water
Boat: none
Club: 
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
gummy shark is a difrent name for the australian smooth hound shark

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Thu Jan 4th, 2018 12:46 pm
  PM Quote Reply
5th Post
sebastiaanc
Member


Joined: Wed Feb 13th, 2013
Location: Kempton Park, South Africa
Posts: 11
Equipment: Daiva,silstar,hooks,mielies.popcorn
Best Catch: 17Kg barber
Favorite Fishing Spot: Vaaldam AHV
Boat: n/a
Club: Vaaldam Ahv
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Well done Mate.::tight:

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Sat Jan 6th, 2018 09:38 am
  PM Quote Reply
6th Post
DocPhil
Senior Member


Joined: Sat Sep 4th, 2010
Location: Melbourne , Australia
Posts: 772
Equipment: Some gear
Best Catch: A good 'un
Favorite Fishing Spot: Anywhere wild
Boat: Waverunner Atom
Club: 
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Thanks guys what an epic fish it’s been all over the fishing news over here, gummies are such iconic Melbourne fish like garrick in SA.

Will let you know when the video is out it’s going to be very exciting - shouting like madmen when we finally see the fish near the boat, and the shenanigans trying to get it in the net

Last edited on Sat Jan 6th, 2018 05:15 pm by DocPhil

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Sat Jan 6th, 2018 03:07 pm
  PM Quote Reply
7th Post
EugeneC
Sealiner


Joined: Mon Apr 22nd, 2013
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Posts: 1499
Equipment: Black Hole
Best Catch: Various
Favorite Fishing Spot: Wild waters
Boat: None
Club: 
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
That makes for a great start to 2018, huge congrats DocPhil! It's hard to beat that feeling of finally ticking off a long-held goal, very happy for you mate!

(ni(ce(fish)((ni(ce(fish)(:cong:

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Sun Jan 21st, 2018 09:20 am
  PM Quote Reply
8th Post
DocPhil
Senior Member


Joined: Sat Sep 4th, 2010
Location: Melbourne , Australia
Posts: 772
Equipment: Some gear
Best Catch: A good 'un
Favorite Fishing Spot: Anywhere wild
Boat: Waverunner Atom
Club: 
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Video's up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFP992K4gBo

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 06:53 pm
  PM Quote Reply
9th Post
Pylstert
Sealiner
 

Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Wagina Island
Posts: 1796
Equipment: 2nd Hand Rods, Torium reels
Best Catch: Medium Bronzie
Favorite Fishing Spot: SA coast
Boat: no
Club: N/A
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Great clip and fish, but Dr Phil's moustache is missing..

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 05:20 pm
  PM Quote Reply
10th Post
kennylau
Senior Member


Joined: Sun Aug 19th, 2012
Location: Port Alfred, South Africa
Posts: 239
Equipment: Tournament Prow Rod, Daiwa Saltist reel, Maxima Line
Best Catch: Kob 36Kg
Favorite Fishing Spot: Port Alfred, Richardsbay, St Lucia, Gouritz, Breede
Boat: Butt Cat 21Ft
Club: No
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Well done Doc....very happy for you!!

(ni(ce(fish)((ni(ce(fish)(

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Thu Jan 25th, 2018 08:34 pm
  PM Quote Reply
11th Post
EugeneC
Sealiner


Joined: Mon Apr 22nd, 2013
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Posts: 1499
Equipment: Black Hole
Best Catch: Various
Favorite Fishing Spot: Wild waters
Boat: None
Club: 
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
You must have had a few nervous moments when the skipper struggled to get that fish in the net? I would definitely not have remained as calm as you lol! Well done mate, great fish.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Fri Jan 26th, 2018 04:57 am
  PM Quote Reply
12th Post
DocPhil
Senior Member


Joined: Sat Sep 4th, 2010
Location: Melbourne , Australia
Posts: 772
Equipment: Some gear
Best Catch: A good 'un
Favorite Fishing Spot: Anywhere wild
Boat: Waverunner Atom
Club: 
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Hi mate, yeh the video doesn't show much of the end of the fight, just the final moments, we nearly had it in the net at the other side then it dived under the engine and I had to jump to avoid the line touching the props, it was a real struggle to get it in the net and I was starting to think about lip gaffing it thankfully the skipper got it in and we didn't have to injure it to get it in the boat for a pic

Back To Top PM Quote Reply


Current time is 01:38 pm  
SEALINE - South African Angling and Boating Community > General Angling Topics > Your Fishing Stories > A Dream comes True - Tale of an Epic Fish! Top