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 Posted: Thu Apr 10th, 2014 10:36 am
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My fears of the aftermath of the big south wester were well founded with the water being off colour even at 27 degrees. Tuesday delivered absolutely zero! Wednesday saw the water pushing in nicely but only in the shallows at this stage and slight drop in temp over the 200m line. caught some small tuna and Kawa's on small high before heading out for marlin. Landed a nice dorado on the 500 before going tight on a nice blue around 400lb that ran hard without jumping, then appeared right next to the boat as the line parted - not how it should go!
No idea what happened here but in all likelihood it picked up its own line and disaster happened. I guess thats part of the game but not cool especially on the anglers birthday! Rest of day was uneventful.
Sorry Jan - next time!
Back home now and on to Gabon next week. Lets hope for better reports!

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 Posted: Mon Apr 14th, 2014 04:22 pm
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So the big Yellowfin are starting to come out in the R Bay area and that means the big Blues are gonna be there too.Trophee Time!!!! Posted this on my website 2 weeks ago with the pic of the 800lb fish we got in April 2 years ago - little bird whispered in my ear that a fish of 420kg was landed in R Bay today and one of 192 kg yesterday - GAME ON! Need to get back up there after Gabon!
Nows the time fro a fish of a lifetime!!

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 Posted: Wed Apr 23rd, 2014 08:57 pm
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RMC short trip to Gabon to share some knowledge and returned with 3 Sails and 3 blues.
0-2,1-1,1-2, 1-1 on sails and 3-3 on blues. Monday 21/04/2014 we had 4 bills(1 sail + 3 blues)- good day.


2 sails for Vanessa
2 Blues for VanessA
1 Sail for Eddie Orton
1 Blue for Eddie Orton

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 Posted: Mon Jun 30th, 2014 12:45 pm
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Amazing reports of good Blues off Gabon at the moment with 3-3 on Akanda on Fri and another 3-7 on another boat on Saturday. Cant wait to get there next week and see how good the action is for myself. Will be fishing Akanda again with Olivier and hopefully beat the 4 in a day we did in early season in March. Its full season there now and it should be cracking!!

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 Posted: Tue Jul 22nd, 2014 01:19 pm
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Quick trip to Gabon was great fun and although the fish did not come on as I had hoped we released 2 blues on the first day, had a quiet day the second and dropped and landed one on the third. 3-4 in 3 days would be great going in anyones books but I had definitely hoped for more after our trip in March.
Olivier has one of the best maintained rigs(Akanda - 43 ft Jannice)) I have ever fished on and it was an absolute pleasure fishing on her.
Theres talk of me returning to defend the title we won last November so maybe we will be back before the years up!
Will be going head to head with Olivier after teaching him all I can about thermocline etc - should be fun.
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 Posted: Tue Jul 22nd, 2014 01:20 pm
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 Posted: Tue Jul 22nd, 2014 01:21 pm
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 Posted: Tue Jul 22nd, 2014 01:23 pm
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Thermocline in Gabon - what a pity so few skippers know how to read this!

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 Posted: Tue Jul 22nd, 2014 01:23 pm
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until next time!

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 Posted: Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 06:32 pm
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Tell your friend to dump the Furuno (mine is going too!) and get the latest Garmin. You will see individual marlin just above and  sometimes just below the thermo depending on species. The guys are now talking about locating individual swords 10m above the bottom in 450m. I am afraid Furuno WAS the benchmark but is still stuck in the starting blocks.
If you consider marlin may spend only 10% of any given day in the upper water layer and rise up into your spread, it means you (WE) could be wasting 90% of our day.
The biggest advantage is being in the area when the fish do rise as often thermoclines can be extensive.
I believe Raymarine has come to the party too!
A friend who does an annual stint at Cairns said "they take bets on the size of the fish on the sounder (when the fish come up to the bait obviously) and are getting "within 100lbs"

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 Posted: Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 10:14 pm
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Any decent echo well tuned does the job! Some old machines better than the new ones but it depends who sets them up. Chirp has been a great addition but again if you dont set them up properly they dont deliver either. Have been able to distinguish between blues and stripes quite easily for a long time due to size difference and it was great to see sails on the echo in Angola this year. You can tell the difference in size of tuna as well when chunking. Being able to tell the weight - thats just a guess really as echo detail depends on so many things.

Worked with a garmin in Angola and doubt I'd prefer it to the bigger commercial sets, but they ok for ski's.

ps a good skipper never wastes his time out there ..

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Imagine seeing multi-layer thermoclines. Imagine identifying one large female black and 3 small males in attendance at 90 m. Imagine identifying skipjack or similar size tuna shoals at 150m. These are reality with the new Chirp sounders.
Furuno has at last albeit late embraced this technology (which is 60 years old I might add)  so lookout for their latest offering too.
No Trev you never waste your time at sea you waste your time staring into a screen that only shows less than 1/2 of what you need to know!!!!!!!!!!!! no matter how well you set it up.

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Imagine seeing multi-layer thermoclines. Imagine identifying one large female black and 3 small males in attendance at 90 m. Imagine identifying skipjack or similar size tuna shoals at 150m. These are reality with the new Chirp sounders.
Furuno has at last albeit late embraced this technology (which is 60 years old I might add)  so lookout for their latest offering too.
No Trev you never waste your time at sea you waste your time staring into a screen that only shows less than 1/2 of what you need to know!!!!!!!!!!!! no matter how well you set it up.
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Have been running chirp technology of different makes for some time now on various vessels around the world. We installed the latest Raymarine 3kw in a friends boat in R Bay 2 years ago and have had fantastic results after getting the machine set up properly. My favourite machine is still a standard Raymarine e12o that shows all of the above just as well but then I dont push any one make and dont sell echo,s just use them as tools to catch fish. Dont know that you have as much experience but as you seem to be an expert on these issues, maybe you should write an article on it.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 24th, 2014 08:44 pm
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Maybe in the last 12 months my son and I boated marlin at: Cape point, Struis. Cape st Francis, Sodwana. Mocambique and Madagascar..
I just prefer to fly underneath the radar unlike some people.
Marlin is just another stupid fish glamorised by media, and not that difficult to catch if you know where to look and what to do:
PS  We started pulling Strip bait/small kona combo's at Struis with amazing results for Stripeys, now I see everyone is doing it. It would probably increase your hook up rate at RB, you should try it.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 24th, 2014 10:27 pm
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Maybe in the last 12 months my son and I boated marlin at: Cape point, Struis. Cape st Francis, Sodwana. Mocambique and Madagascar..
I just prefer to fly underneath the radar unlike some people.
Marlin is just another stupid fish glamorised by media, and not that difficult to catch if you know where to look and what to do:
PS  We started pulling Strip bait/small kona combo's at Struis with amazing results for Stripeys, now I see everyone is doing it. It would probably increase your hook up rate at RB, you should try it.


mmm.. quite the expert...Im still learning ::tight:

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 Posted: Thu Jul 24th, 2014 11:34 pm
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Imagine seeing multi-layer thermoclines. Imagine identifying one large female black and 3 small males in attendance at 90 m. Imagine identifying skipjack or similar size tuna shoals at 150m. These are reality with the new Chirp sounders.
Furuno has at last albeit late embraced this technology (which is 60 years old I might add)  so lookout for their latest offering too.
No Trev you never waste your time at sea you waste your time staring into a screen that only shows less than 1/2 of what you need to know!!!!!!!!!!!! no matter how well you set it up.


Wow finders can now tell you if it's a male or a female......lol!!

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 Posted: Fri Jul 25th, 2014 02:39 pm
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Thought I would get a mouthful there. Trying to pull your chain. That anger management course is really working LOL. Did catch those fish though-got lucky

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Sjou long lay off on reports - much surfing and gym work in between so fired up for the new season to kick off. Be back up in Gabon end next month for the Billfish Roundup off Libreville with my mate John Henrick. An all SA team on the deck of Agombinero this year and hopefully another top result. Hope the Ebola stays up north, thats one critter we definitely dont want to catch - hear its a difficult release!
Hopefully dodge that and then on to R bay for the summer which is looking up with a few marlin knocks reported and a stripey on the weekend.
Almost time.....

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 Posted: Thu Oct 9th, 2014 07:56 pm
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Great to see some early action off Richards Bay in between the poor weather experienced up there lately. First marlin have been released so things will only improve from now on with the warm water pushing down the coast. Will only be available in Richards Bay from mid November due to the Gabon trip coming up! Other good news is the return of the Billfish Classic to be hosted from the Richards Bay Ski Boat club from 25-28 FEB 2015. Will be available for charters for the comp again and looking forward to giving the fleet a run for their money again.

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