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"Dr.Fish" tuna chronicles  Rating:  Rating
 
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 Posted: Tue Oct 6th, 2009 10:06 pm
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miles
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Joined: Wed May 30th, 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 2097
Equipment: not enough
Best Catch: still trying
Favorite Fishing Spot: the sea!!!
Boat: 33' butt-cat, 18' butt-cat, 5m Gemini
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05th October 2009

After spending a day yellowtail fishing, i hadn't realised that the weather had changed and that sunday was a very good weather day for the deep. By the time that i heard that the weather was going to be good, it was too late for me to organise bait, ice and fuel up. Needless to say, the fishing was very good. This prompted us to get ourselves sorted and run on monday. The weather man predicted 15knt of northwest, which we all know, WILL blow over 20knots, but the lure of battling some big YF kept calling us.....

Left the harbour at 5:00am, with young Matt skippering "Dr.Fish", taking us out to the deep. Who need an auto-pilot when Matt is onboard!!::S::S

On the fishing grounds, the wind was spewing at 15knts+. Not good for baiting, but we simply HAD to try anyways!! 

The results:

Hammertime enjoying life!!



 

Three of us VAS!! Matt up in th bow, me on a short stick in the middle, and Ryan in the stern. This is FISHIN'!! This is what makes us feel ALIVE!!::S::S



 

Father and son fighting some BRUTE yellowfins!!



 

Ryan on yet ANOTHER yellowfin......



 

Matt on yet ANOTHER yellowfin too!!



 

The culprits:











 

Young Matt giving a BIG blue shark some grief on a short stick. The 8'+ blue shark was released to go and bother some other anglers.....:SSS





 

A spectacular sunset after a fabulous day at sea, with awesome company!!





 

 

The fish were VERY big, with our largest YF wieghing in at 85kg's, the largest longfin 28.5kg's with the fishbox full on longfin averaging 18kg's a peice. Not a bad start to the season.

A special congratulations to young MATT, who boated a 77kg YF. Not many anglers can claim to have caught a fish weighing more than themselves!! Well done!!

A HUGE thank you to the Hammertime clan, for making the day a truely memorable one!!

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 03:22 am
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Fishy2
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Location: Barberton, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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Equipment: Hooks en stuff
Best Catch: Sand lice
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Well done guys, that is absolutely awsome.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 04:22 am
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Hammertime
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Joined: Fri Sep 28th, 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 2982
Equipment: Bamboo Pole
Best Catch: 103kg yellowfin
Favorite Fishing Spot: Right now anywhere will do
Boat: The GhostRider
Club: CBSC
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If there's any thanks it needs to go to you and your wife.
Awesome day and super to have Mrs Miles standing next to me for nearly four hours while I selfishly grabbed every rod that screamed.

The joy of a big boat. You sit vas on fish for hours and there's space to have a person next to you talking about stuff as if you were having a cup of coffee in a deli somewhere.

WHEN WE GOING AGAIN? There is a yellowfin who decided to jump off my hook with around 100m of line out giving me back my hook and setting me back 2 hours. No worries, I'm coming for ya!

Also a big thanks to the crew who bait and clean up and shovel ice etc. Felt like I was on a luxury charter boat.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 04:32 am
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shagnrelease
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Joined: Mon Feb 9th, 2009
Location: South Africa
Posts: 2154
Equipment: Shimano reels,berkley big game/ande line, shimano/fenwick
Best Catch: Black marlin 236kg
Favorite Fishing Spot: cape vidal
Boat: 21 ft yeldcat, centre console, 2 x 115 suzuki 4 ...
Club: Cape vidal and Richards bay
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nice start boys keep it up!!

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 05:58 am
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Bingo
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Joined: Wed Jul 16th, 2008
Location: Brackenfell, South Africa
Posts: 760
Equipment: Never Enough !!!!
Best Catch: 65kg Yellowfin Tuna
Favorite Fishing Spot: Robben Island
Boat: 15ft Skicraft "Bingo"
Club: Ex C.P.U.T
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Nice going there guys, congrats to Matt on his PB yellowfin...

Great photos Miles.....

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 06:07 am
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kraken
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Joined: Wed Jan 24th, 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 2249
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Best Catch: My son and anything with a tail
Favorite Fishing Spot: Anywhere offshore. De Hoop
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Mana: 
Nice gents! But where's the pic of HT trying out a Tiagra as a new type of nipple piercing? hehehehehe!

Yeah, we had a bus of a blue under Tyler getting all inquisitive while Craig and I were on with our yellows.

Was really great to crew on a boat which  does charters and to tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience of someone like Gareth.

The info one gets from blokes like Gareth and Alan and people like Miles and HT on sealine is more valuable than gold and would save any aspiring offshore angler a ton of time and potential frustration.

I just dig fishin'!!!!!

Last edited on Wed Oct 7th, 2009 12:00 pm by kraken

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 06:36 am
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Catch 22
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Location: Wellington, South Africa
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Well done Miles on finding the fish, or should we start calling them your pets cause they seem to come just about every time you call them -ha ha!

Well done Matt on your PB, maybe a good sign for the future seeing you getting it on a BUTT CAT!

Well done to the whole crew!

Awesome report!

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 06:51 am
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benniejordaan
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Location: Durban, South Africa
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Miles,
For the most part of the year, I am glad I live in Durban with a variety of game fish... But then the Tuna season arrives and I just go green.

Well done guys! Nice report there bud!

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 07:10 am
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Hammertime
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Joined: Fri Sep 28th, 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
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Best Catch: 103kg yellowfin
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Ja Kraken I tell you, one fishes out there a bit and thinks one knows something and then like you say, you fish with guys who do it for a living and you learn a LOT- QUICK.

When I go on a commercial boat with commercial skippers and a crew who WORK that boat I realise I need to sit in the corner, shut up, look, listen and learn.

Last edited on Wed Oct 7th, 2009 07:11 am by Hammertime

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 07:20 am
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Tuna fish
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Well done Mr & Mrs Miles and the Hammer Time Hoard - what a way to open up the tally for the season !! That sea looked a little om . Ryan you must be chomping at the bit to get squid Vicious out there and get the decks blooded. Miles what rod was Ryan and Matt using as they look like they can really put pressure on the fish. We are using the 80lb Tiagra stand up and they feel a bit soft ?

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 07:23 am
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Nepptune
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Joined: Wed Apr 18th, 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
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ABsolutely fantastic effort and report guys and Mrs.Miles.... How epic are those pics of Father & Son vas into YFT's.... absolutely brilliant!!!

Congrats guys, Nepps is once again green with envy!!

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 07:31 am
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tkei
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Joined: Thu Oct 4th, 2007
Location: East London, South Africa
Posts: 1972
Equipment: Orvis Fly Tackle, Simano Tiagra, Penn international, Torium 30, Diawa ...
Best Catch: Broadbill 50Kg,Sailfish 26kg GT 35kg Copper
Favorite Fishing Spot: Kenya, Tkei
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Awsome report and fish there guys. Nothing like starting a season off wioth sore arms, nipples, backs hands etc from pulling fish all day. Sure beats the cr@p out of sitting int he office.
one day i will get out there to get me a yellow of decent proportions.
well done miles on finding the fish. Sure it beats the cold that starting in Canada now.

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tkei
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BTW HT, hows the baot coming? any progress pics??

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 07:32 am
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tackle whore
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WELL DONE !!!! boat still at gordonsbay idiots still busy on the fuel tanks .just finished a new shortstick reel will post pics solid stainless etc etc etc .

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 07:36 am
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jpet
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Joined: Thu Jan 8th, 2009
Location: Muizenberg Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 213
Equipment: Shimano,Daiwa
Best Catch: 91 KG YELLOWFIN TUNA
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Great going guy all on DR Fish

very good opening of season  - spells plenty to come

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 07:42 am
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Decker
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Well done Miles and co. Nice pics, Nice report. Where about (co-ords) did you catch the fish?

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 07:45 am
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Hammertime
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Joined: Fri Sep 28th, 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
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Best Catch: 103kg yellowfin
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tkei wrote: BTW HT, hows the baot coming? any progress pics??
I am happy to leave the guys to get on with it. I am told she will be ready for wiring etc on the 20th. So all being said hopefully month end.

HOWEVER - I am more than happy to crew for Dr Fish.

TUNA FISH...
I know Miles is running around today so I'll answer the rod question.
I was on Mile's personalised Calstar. A brute of a rod.

The other rod (Matt) is his one. It's a Tuna Stopper 50-100Lb rod and a tad soft for my liking but still a very powerful stick.

As to rods right now because the old Diawa STP 24-37kg stick, the yellow eye binding ones are no more, the best bet is the Penn 37-50kg. Excellent value for money and strong as an ox. The new Diawa STP's the grey/black ones are/have high graphite content. Fine for recreational but for commercial punishment they do snap.
This of coarse is MY OPINION and mine alone.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 07:48 am
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Hammertime
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Best Catch: 103kg yellowfin
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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.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 07:54 am
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Dea121
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Joined: Tue Dec 11th, 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 110
Equipment: Anything that catches fish.
Best Catch: 86 kg yellowfin tuna
Favorite Fishing Spot: the canyon, Seychelles, The point, Langebaan Lagoon.
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Great stuff there guys. As always great post Miles and some really nice photos.
What a start to the season, lets hope it remains that way.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2009 08:01 am
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Arrie D
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Location: Bellville - Cape Town
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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 !!

 

 

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