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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 08:08 am
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Shot Ryan

You reckon the penn is a good match with the Tiagra 50w ?

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 08:31 am
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Congrats guys and an awesome report. Some great pics and big ups to Matt on his PB - Methinks that will go again this year....

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 09:14 am
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Tuna fish wrote: Shot Ryan

You reckon the penn is a good match with the Tiagra 50w ?


That's my personal baiting setup.
Tiagra 50w with Penn 37-50kg Tuna Stick

Tim, I've told him that's it, he's caught his fish for the season. It's hard work trying to top him.
Maybe I should just concede then I don't have to place new catch restrictions on him:fbash

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 09:32 am
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Arrie D wrote: Sjoe - Miles you've been so quite for the last while - and there you are back  - with a BANG.

Must agree with Andrew - how awesome must it not be to only sit and watch oaks with this experience operate. Especially when there are plenty of fish around. Hectic man !!

Well done and thanks for the nice pics.

Andrew - dont worry - you will be with me when the first one hits the deck on YELLOW TRAIL - cant wait !!

 

 
Arno- I can't wait either! I would love to be there for that magic moment!

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 11:31 am
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Congratulations, great report and pictures as usual. From the title it looks like this thread will run and run ........ brilliant!

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 11:40 am
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Hammertime wrote: Decker wrote: Where about (co-ords) did you catch the fish?

The whole of the canyon area is producing fish.
Funny how I say the same thing and maybe guys think I'm talking cr_p.

Summer. 42&10 - 44&08. 5 square miles around this are will very seldom let you down.

BUT you cant catch fish if you not at sea.


Ok ok, you dont have to rub it in....I'm already devastated as it is ;-(

(thx for co-ords )

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 12:08 pm
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awesome report and pics there Miles!

congrats on the big Yellow Matt, great way to start the season, sure you going to be catching many more on the new boat!

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 03:41 pm
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Congratulations Miles & Team!!!

It seems envy green is going to be my permanent colour until the end of the Tuna season......

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 06:22 pm
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Hot darts guys , yet again Miles , Mrs and the hammers set the bar for the season...we would be more than stoked just to emulate that success...well done young hammer on your PB ! Here's hoping we can start the "catch up" sooner than later !

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 08:48 pm
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Eishhh, you guys maak 'n man lus!!!!!!!!!

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 Posted: Sat Oct 10th, 2009 07:47 pm
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09 October 2009

With just the 4 of us, Ryan, Matt, myself and Balli, we left Simons Town at 5:00am. This meant getting up at 3am, packing the car, picking up 'balli' and then getting the boat ready. Ran up to the Point in the dark, in a very flat sea. At the Point, the water was a bit lumpy, but settled, as usual, a few miles offshore, where the water is considerabily deeper.

The day started off VERY slow for us, with only 4 boats in the canyon area. By 9am, we still had nothing to show for our efforts. Reports of VERY good fishing in the deep west had filtered through to us, but nothing concrete......

We stayed in the area and received a few yellowfins for our efforts. How-ever, by 12am, we heard positive reports of VERY good fish in the west, a 18nm run from the area where we were. Needless to say, we upped lines and RAN!!

Unfortunately, we got there late and missed the morning action. So, we had to settle for the left-overs.........


Father and son double up on yellowfins!! Hammertime and Matt:





Hammertime settled into a nice YF:




My buddy Tommy with an Australian spearo, who took his first and largest tuna. He traveled half way across the globe to achieve his dream of spearing a yellowfin, right here in our own backyard. We are TRULY blessed to have such a phenominal fishery!!





Young Matt 'vas' yet again on another hefty yellowfin



Double hook-up again, with Ryan up front on the short stick and Matt strapped into his black magic.



Ryan's fish in the boat, whilst Matt is still on.....



Ryan having some more fun, pulling the daylights out of a large yellowfin .....



A mere few days earlier, Matt had landed his personal best of 77kg's. Well, he's done it again!! ANOTHER 77kg fish (WEIGHED!!)::S::S::S




Ryan 'vas' yet again!!



The large YF making its death circles.....



Pulling!!!!:SSS:SSS




Almost there....




IDB!! (In-Da-Boat!!)




Hammertime, having some fun on a TLD25, spinning for longfin:



The buggers:




Just another big yellowfin gracing the decks.....





Now comes the fun part, the trip home. We had ended up 37nm from Cape Point. This is not a big deal, as we normally fish 20-30nm from Cape Point. HOW-EVER, the South Easterly had begun to blow in excess of 30knots, making for a very slow ride back home. The trip to the Harbour took almost 5 hours in the dark. Not for the in-experienced or faint hearted!!!








Final tally was not that great, as we only got onto the fish late during the day. We ended up with 10 yellowfin, big fish, some in the 75-80kg class and 20 longfin, all in the 12-23kg class.


Once again a HUGE thank you to the Hammertime clan, for yet another great day on the water with great company!!



Last edited on Sat Oct 10th, 2009 07:54 pm by miles

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 Posted: Sat Oct 10th, 2009 07:53 pm
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Good going Miles & HT!

 

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miles your reports are just simply brilliant! well done guys, really bloody jealous!!!!!!!

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Aha - thanks Miles - nice guys. Biggggg fish.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 11th, 2009 06:43 am
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Shot Miles.

Great report.

You could say it was "Hammer Time".

The young Matt looks like Leonardo Dec......, lol.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 11th, 2009 07:04 am
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Ja, wow - what can I say, while others work we play. Fishing on a commercial boat is work but work of a different kind but I def missed my calling in life.

Miles and the good Mrs Miles, from both Matt and myself a huge thank you for having us "take over" your boat with our recreational baggage and red lines...

Then I have to add the fact that you hand over the wheel of your awesome fishing machine to someone who you've known for only around 18 month speaks volumes of you as a person.
You're an awesome friend and a legend to share a working rail with bro.

I had the luxury of the 38 mile or so trip home. Maybe a bit more as that measurement in the pic was a straight line which we could NOT run home as it meant crossing the SW reefs in the dark at 20H00 in 30 knots of SE with a 2.5m swell. Something I did not want to put the boat or crew through, no matter how much I miss surf launching and I am sure had I have cut it close, that would have been my last trip on this incredible boat.

So I had to run up from groendam to the bellows, a trip that saw me getting a max speed of 7 knots. I had that wheel for 5 hours and here is the part I have to type up.

BUTT CAT -
As Miles said this was not for the feint hearted or inexperienced. Now it takes a hell of a bad sea for me to even think about the conditions with concern. This was STILL NOT one of those seas but as junior put it, you would not have been so happy on anything small.

I want to mention the hull and how it handles the beam sea so well. At 15 knots it was smooth and no bang or clang (ok bar one or two potholes I found). But that boat just eases it's way with or into the swell and all the while... the crew are sleeping. THAT SAYS IT ALL. Then there's the two 225 Honda's she swings on the stern. These motors purr. No missus, splutters or issues. They just push her alonh. I have been on Dr Fish when we've been catapulted out the hole and sped off at 30+ knots. INSANE!!!

Then there is the equipment.
In the black of night, when you are at the helm it the crew are awake or asleep it is really just you, the boat and the sea. You slow down, run by feel and gut.
But having the instrumentation that Miles has on board means you could run our coastline top to bottom if you so wished.

Well enough from me. Miles thanks again for some great fishing, excellent company and the chance to skipper a boat I can only dream of owning.

When you've got a site, I'm more than happy to try fill the box.

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tauruck wrote:
The young Matt looks like Leonardo Dec......, lol.
Leo De Klap die ou...

I think he wanted to **** me big time. He was on a HUGE fish for well over an hour and a half on 80lb.
I go vas on the bow on a short stick and let the fish run under the boat across his line, both fish gone. Sorry Lucky Luke...:(

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 Posted: Sun Oct 11th, 2009 07:23 am
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Very nice guys - well done again, especially to Dr. Fish! 7 knots, must have been a bit concerning (read scary for the rest of us)! Suprised to hear about the fish in the west? And shame on you HT, junior must be bleak...

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Great fishing and reports, guys. You guys make us all green with envy. ::respekt:

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Fin-S wrote:  And shame on you HT, junior must be bleak...


I remember about 4 years ago. Every fish I was attached too somehow managed to get lost by me. I remember being cut off by junior and other crew and I remember him saying my luck will turn in the next few weeks.

The same goes for him. He has sat on two very large fish and sadly has lost them. That being said he has also landed some brutes. No one likes seeing a fellow anglers shoulders just drop as the line gives, burns or whatever. But that's what I reckon humbles us and sends us to bed at night thinking about that "next one".

Besides I think in the beginning of the year he got very spoiled pulling 50kg fish in 8-15 minutes. This is the wake up call.

I pulled a hook again. Two hooks pulled in two trips on two very different hooks. I have been fishing very light drags (well for my standards). Both fish were my first fish of the morning. Am not sure if I am just not settling into the fight quick enough or what it is I am doing. But that's two good fish lost on a commercial boat and that is NOT the way to fish. Kept me awake last night wondering what I'm doing wrong.

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