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 Posted: Wed Jun 3rd, 2009 03:29 pm
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Why do we fish?? Some anglers fish for the fun of it, whilst others fish for the relaxation and de-stressing of everyday life, whilst others fish for the adrenaline rush one gets when a big one grabs the bait. Regardless of what reasons anglers have, the ultimate goal is to CATCH fish.

Fishing has evolved overs the years, from the blood lines used in the 1960's to the modern marvel of monofilament lines from the 1970's to todays braid/spectra lines. Tackle has evolved from the famous fibreglass Purglass Castmasters, to the Carbon/Graphite rods of the 1980's to the current breed of HMG/HMC rods, so too has the reels.

Regardless of where we fish, be it in South Africa, Australia or the UK, fish stocks have been dwindling over the last decade or two. Look at the British anglers, they've developed tackle which allows them to cast 150-200m+ WITH bait's, on rigs that are clipped down, with a multitude of traces, which include springs!! And all of this was more than 15 years ago!! With the severe lack of fish, they were forced to adapt their tackle and techniques, to make themselves better anglers.

Now how does this affect us South African anglers? Well, lets start off by being realistic. Our inshore rock and surf species have dwindled dramatically over the last decade, due to over-exploitation by commercial and recreational sectors, pollution, urbanization of delicate estuarine systems, which are the prime breeding grounds and nurseries of awesome fish like the white steenbras. MCM has banned the driving of 4x4's on the beaches, which effectively makes many area's unfishable and actually acts like a "reserve". With the criminal elements also targetting the vulnerable anglers, it all becomes rather overwhelming. Our fishing spots have been made smaller, by the banning of 4x4's on the beaches, by the increased in Marine Protected Area's and by the criminal elements.

Its now time for the rock and surf angler to start looking at EVOLVING!!

Enter the Semi-Rigid Inflatable or Rubber Ducks as they're more commonly known.



These are VERY sea-worthy vessels, which are relatively in-expensive to purchase and run and maintain. This will open up your world of fishing immensely. You will now be able to target considerabily more fish species, catch MORE fish (whether for the pan or whether you catch and release/tag), catch BIGGER fish and generally have a LOT more fun in the process!!

Now, the very first stumbling block. In todays economy, how can the average angler afford to buy a boat?? There are a number of scenarios:

Scenario1 - many rock and surf anglers own a 4x4. These are actually white elephants, as we are no longer allowed to drive on the beach. Assuming you own a decent 4x4, it will cost you at least R100 000. SELL you 4x4!! Buy a semi-rigid boat for R20 000 to R30 000, buy a tow-vehicle, like any old 1600-2000cc car for R20 000. You've now spent a total of R50 000 on a boat and tow vehicle and you have R50 000 left over. This can either be put into the bond, or can be given to the wife to remodel the kitchen or bathroom or livingroom or what-ever else. Either way, you've enhanced the value of your property, got a boat and tow vehicle, but MOST importantly, you've kept the WIFE happy!!

Scenario2 - A average decent semi-rigid inflatable will cost you between R20 000 to R30 000. Just look at what tackle you have at home. A trinidad 20 plus a decent rod will set you back at least R5000. Most anglers have a COUPLE of such set-ups. Sell some of your tackle!! Keep just the BARE essentials. Get 2 or 3 buddies together and club your money together and buy a boat. This works well, as you guys can then fish together and maintain the boat together. This scenario also requires you to spend no extra money, as you'll be financing the boat from your excess tackle's sales.

Ok, second stumbling block, boating is expensive. This is actually a fallacy!! A normal days fishing off a small boat will cost:

Tow-vehicles fuel: R50

Launching Fees: R50

Boat Fuel & oil (15ltrs for a inshore bottom fishing trip): R110

Bait (1x5kg box of pilchards): R50

This gives you a total of R260, which equates to R87 per angler if you are 3 anglers or R65 each if you're 4 anglers.

On a average trip to Arniston/Struisbaai/Dam/Aghulas/Brandfontein/etc, my Hilux 4x4 would use at LEAST one tank of fuel, which is 90ltrs which is R630. This EXCLUDES the bait and all the other foods taken with!! The fuel alone is R160 per angler if we're 4 anglers.

One of the BIGGEST advantages the small boat offers, which very few people will even realise is TIME, or more importantly, FAMILY time. Keeping the WIFE happy is always a MAJOR concern. With the extended Arniston/Struisbaai trips, one normally spend the week-end away, if not the weekend, then the entire 24 hour day. With a small boat, you can leave home at 5:30am Saturday morning, be fishing at 7:00am and be done fishing at 11:00am, back at home by 2:00pm, ready to take the wife to the movies or shopping or have a braai at home. If you're targetting bottom fish, you would have probably caught and released at LEAST a 100 fish between the 3 anglers for a mornings fishing, with a couple coming home for the pan!! If you're fishing in Summer, not only will you come home with your fish, but also your allotted CRAYFISH quota!! NOW the wife will REALLY be impressed with you and you'll have alot more fishing time!! You can easily fish on Sunday morning and have your allotted 10 snoek per angler and be back home by 11:00am, allowing the wife to sleep in late. Once again, PLENTY of browny points to be scored!!::S



 

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 Posted: Wed Jun 3rd, 2009 03:42 pm
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As you can see, i've placed quite alot of emphasis on keeping the WIFE happy!!(aka Department of Home Affairs, Department of Finance, Government, THE BOSS, etc)

Fishing is unfortunately a very selfish sport, as the wife generally doesn't want to get involved as its a messy smelly business, needless to say the kids also pull up their noses to dad's sport.

This all changes with a semi-rigid inflatable boat. No only does the boat become your fishing platform, but it also becomes a toy for the family. You can pack a picnic basket and take the family to Langebaan for the day. Pull up onto any one of the numerous secluded beaches and you have a idyllic picnic with your family after which you can pull the kids behind your boat onto various water toys!! The pristine azure blue water of the lagoon will look like some tropical paradise, which will be immensely enjoyed by your family!!

Spending a week-end at Langebaan will see you get up very early, say at 5am, launch and fish until 10am, by which time the family will have woken up and is ready to have some fun on the water!! Once again, a win-win situation for you!!



 





 

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One of the biggests reasons why so few rock and surf anglers become boaters is simply becuase they're not exposed to boating and the advantages of boating.

I was very fortunate to have been invited out boat fishing, many moons ago, by well known angler Keith Tait. I was also a die-hard rock and surf angler who had THE latest rock and surf tackle and would fish at least once a week. The sheer numbers of fish and the variety of fish i started catching off a boat was simply phenominal!! Catching 100-300 fish, many being small, but fun to catch none-the-less, in a morning between 3 anglers was quite normal. I started fishing rock and surf less and less, as it was simply easier to fish off the boat. No more worrying about being attacked on the beach at night, no more buying expensive tackle, no more expenisve fishing trip. Needless to say, i was HOOKED!!

With this thread, my aim is simply to inform all the anglers what spectacular fishing is available to them, by simply EVOLVING. Think outside the box and your fishing trips will exceed your wildest dreams!!











 

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Lets get started on the boating side of things. I'm going to make this very simple, you get two type of inflatables, FULLY INFLATABLE boats, like the Arc range of boats, where the entire boat is made of a canvas/pvc type material and Semi-Rigid Inflatables, also known as RIB's (Rigid Inflatable Boats). RIB's have a fibreglass hull. For this article, i will just be concerntrating on RIB's as they are the more suitable fishing vessel.

Terminology:



 

Hull - this is the bottom part of the boat, which is in contact with the water. These come in a variety of designs and shapes. Most of the hulls on RIB's are empty and NOT filled with foam or bottles, as your floatation comes from your pontoons.

Pontoons - this is the inflatable tubes on the boat. They are made of either PVC or Hyerplon. Hyperlon is the better of the two materials, but is VERY expensive!! Most RIB's will have at LEAST 3 air compartments in the pontoons. By law, the boat is required to be able to float with only ONE compartment inflated. So, should you puncture 2 air compartments (VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY unlikely!!), the boat will still float!!

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Buying a RIB

There are a couple of things you first need to decide on. Inflatable boats do NOT like direct sunlight. The boat will therefor have to be parked in a garage or under a car port or at least have a boat cover over it.

Garages vary from 5.5meters to 6m+. So, if your garage is 5.5m long and you intend keeping the boat in the garage, the TOTAL length of boat AND motor on its TRAILER will have to be under 5.5meters. This means you will be looking at a boat in the 4.5m to 5.0m class.

What vehicle are you going to tow with? A Toyota Corolla 1.6ltr will tow a 5.0m boat comfortably, whislt a 1.3 ltr car will tow a 4.0-4.5m boat comfortably. These are single engine boats, which are quite light. Twin engine boats are alot heavier and more expensive to purchase, which also means they need a bigger tow vehicle and they are heavier on fuel too.

Next up is your crew. Are you going to be fishing 3 or 4 or 5 anglers on your boat? The more anglers you plan on taking with, the bigger the boat needs to be. The general rule of thumb is one meter per angler, so a 4m boat will be surveyed for 4 people and a 5m boat for 5 people.

Once you've decided what size boat is suitable for your needs, you can start looking at Gumtree and in the Cape-ads. When you start looking at boats you'll notice that they come with a variety of motor size's. If you look at boat websites, they will show you recommended minimum and maximum motor size you can fit to your boat. If you ONLY want a fishing boat, you can get away with the smaller sized engine, but if you want to pull a waterskier behind your boat, the larger motor is preferable. Remember though, the larger the motor, the heavier on fuel it will be.

A very ROUGH guideline for a FISHING rib:

4.0-4.5m will need a 30-40hp motor

4.5m to 5.0m will need a 40-60hp motor

 

Whilst on the subject of motors, it's worth explaining that you get 2 types of motors, namely, two stroke motors and four stroke motors. Four stroke motors are the newer generation motors, which is pretty similar to the motor in your vehicle. They are very light on fuel, BUT are extremely expensive. Two stroke motors are similar to that of a lawn mower or 2 stroke dirt bike. They require you to mix two stroke oil with the petrol, which lubricates the motor.

Yamaha is undoubtedly the BEST when it comes to 2 stroke motors, especially the older models. The old MARINER range of motors, especially the smaller motors, were actually built by Yahama, so they're good too.

Just to give you an idea of the sizes you'd be looking at:

4.5m Gemini:



 

4.7m Gemini:



 

5.0m Gemini:




 

Things to look at when purchasing a second hand rib:

Take a knowledgable person with you. Its very easy to buy a lemon!!

Your two main area's of concern is the pontoons and motor. A outboard mechanic should check the motor for you. The pontoons need to be in good condition, as fitting new pontoon is a costly affair. Any boat that has been left in the sun for extended periods will show burn marks on the pontoons. STAY away from such boats!!

Your best bet is to shop around, have a look at a few boats and then decide which ones you like and THEN get a mechanic to go with you. Post some photo's here on SEALINE and get other members opinions too!! The more informed you are, the better choices you can make.
 

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Legalities

Your boat will need to be surveyed. This is merely a "road-worthy" of the boat, making sure that it is properly equiped for use at sea. There are certain peices of safety equipment that is needed on your boat, before you can go to sea. Your survey will check to see that these items are in working order.

With a single engine rib, you have 2 options, you can either have it rated to operate with-in 1nautical mile (nm), which is 1.85km from shore, which is reffered to as a Catagory E rating OR to have it rated for operation up to 5nm (9.2km) from shore, which is called a Catagory D rating.

The difference between the two is that the Catagory D rating requires you to have more safety equipment as well as a radio.

List of safety equipment required for Catagory D:

http://www.samsa.org.za/siteimgs/cat_d_1pg_checklist.pdf

List of safety equipment required for Catagory E:

http://www.samsa.org.za/siteimgs/cat_e_1pg_checklist.pdf

 

Your survey will need to be done annually!!! This is known as your survey or Certificate of Fitness (CoF)

 

That takes care of the boat, now YOU need to be legal. You are required by law to have a skippers ticket, which is pretty much a 'drivers licence' to operate a boat. This is known as your Certificate of Competance (CoC). Its usually a course held on a weekend, with you writing an exam the same day or the next weekend, followed by a practical exam. Its VERY easy and more importantly, its VERY, VERY informative. It teaches you the basics of boating, 'rules of the road' at sea, navigation, and just general boating knowledge, which will allow you to be SAFE on the water.

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OK, that should get the aspiring boater started out!!

Pretty soon you'll be posting photo's like these, with HUGE grins......::S::S













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Miles ???
I wanna go fish with you !

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I don't know much about publishing books and stuff like that, but i really think you should try write a book, even if its like those Len jones ones.

Good work.

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Nice work miles!

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Fantastic post miles...absolutely brilliant..!

well done and thanks...

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Miles

Hey, great info. I am at this very interested in buying a RIB. Am I understanding you correctly that with one motor you can go 1.8 odd km from the shore? Is this safe? What happens if the motor quits on you? I always thought you needed 2 motors. How much can I expect to pay for a second hand RIB with say a 40hp motor?:D

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Getting a boat just seems to open up so much more fishing options

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Homie, just say when!!!::S::S::S

Barry30, with a single engine boat, carrying the correct safety equipment, you can legally venture up to 5nm (9.2km's) from shore (Catagory D vessels).

When i started off boating, i too believed ONLY in twin engined boats. Due to financial circumstances, i had to sell my big boat to finance a business venture and i ended up buying a small single engine 4.7m gemini, which was to be used as  a inshore spearfishing boat. Since that little boat, my views have changed quite dramatically!!

Since the single engine is mounted dead centre on the transom, its ALOT more fuel efficient than twin motors. In todays economic climate, fuel consumption plays a very important role in affordability!!

How safe is a single engine? You HAVE to maintain your motor well. Regular servicing and just looking after your motor will ensure trouble free boating. Just look at all the Kalk Bay deck boats or the Commercial tuna deck boats, or even the Hake longlining boats, they all have a single engine (diesel inboard, but a single engine none-the-less)

Should your motor quit, you have the option of calling the NSRI. Other boaters will also assist you! Most of the time you will be with-in cell-phone rnage too, so calling for assistance in not a problem.....

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Hi miles, very lekker post that , and lots of info , one quick question though , i've got a 3.6 semi rigid and im fitting a centre storage box to the deck for fuel tank etc.. but dont really want to drill into the deck to attach the box , the box is fibreglass , would fibreglassing it in place be a better option and if so should i bond the box to the deck first with the 2 part epoxy's that u get in hardware shops and then f/glass in place ? only use the duck on inland waters currently. thanks Mike.   

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miles wrote: Homie, just say when!!!::S::S::S


Next time Im down, you will definately get a call !

Thanks man !

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Thanks 4 the informitive post, I have just purcused a 4m duck with 30 Yamaha motor and want to do some sea fishing again.

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michael pike, permanently fixing something to your boat is something you need to be 100% sure about!! Should you ever want to resell your boat, it will be better to have the boat in standard form.

Easiest solution, simply silicone the box to the deck!! Easy as that. Use a marine sealant (available at any hardware). Allow the silicone to dry for a few days and the box will stay put!! Easy to remove, simply by using a knife or blade to cut the silicone away when the time comes.....

If you really want to stick it down permanantly, with-out using screws, just buy some SIKAFLEX 291. This is specifically designed for marine applications and when its set, your box will be fixed to your deck, PERMANANTLY!! I use this to stick my consoles onto my boats deck..........

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Shot Miles , thanks for the heads up on that one , now just to source some SIKAFLEX up here in jhb , will try the local boat shops and see what they got , thx Mike.

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Miles what about a quick guide to launch sites. Problem is that with a small boat you need multiple launch sites, so I see the Slips pf Hanklip, Kommetje & Cape Point as your main access points to the sea. What do you do in areas like Simon's town & Gordon's bay?

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