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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
Club: False Bay Yacht Club, Oceana Power Boat Club
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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!!

Fishy2
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Joined: Sun Jun 7th, 2009
Location: Barberton, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Posts: 76
Equipment: Hooks en stuff
Best Catch: Sand lice
Favorite Fishing Spot: Moz
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Well done guys, that is absolutely awsome.

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
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Mana: 
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.

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 ...
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Mana: 
nice start boys keep it up!!

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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Mana: 
Nice going there guys, congrats to Matt on his PB yellowfin...

Great photos Miles.....

kraken
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Joined: Wed Jan 24th, 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 2249
Equipment: Enough
Best Catch: My son and anything with a tail
Favorite Fishing Spot: Anywhere offshore. De Hoop
Boat: Crew on Yellowtrail, TunaCatCha, Sirius and others. I'm a rubber ...
Club: Retired from club scene
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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

Catch 22
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Location: Wellington, South Africa
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Mana: 
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!

benniejordaan
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Joined: Wed Nov 14th, 2007
Location: Durban, South Africa
Posts: 12407
Equipment: A few bits and pieces, nothing special.
Best Catch: Marlin
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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!

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
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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

Tuna fish
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Posts: 975
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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 ?

Nepptune
Sealine Expert - Offshore


Joined: Wed Apr 18th, 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 4248
Equipment: JigStar Africa - JigStar, Jigging Master,Carpenter,Alutecnos,DarkStar
Best Catch: Always searching.....
Favorite Fishing Spot: Those places no one else knows about...
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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!!

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
Boat: 22ft Butt Cat 2x85 Yamaha
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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.

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

tackle whore
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Joined: Mon Mar 23rd, 2009
Location: Cape Town , South Africa
Posts: 1818
Equipment:  TACKLE WHORE JIGS AND POPPERS
Best Catch: yellowfin 105kg .28.1kg longfin on jig .19kg kob.
Favorite Fishing Spot: 35/05
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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 .

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
Favorite Fishing Spot: Cape point / Rooikrantz - Falsebay Boating + R & ...
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Great going guy all on DR Fish

very good opening of season  - spells plenty to come

Decker
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Location: Paarl, Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 541
Equipment: 8ft Exage with Shimano Sustain 8000
Best Catch: everything that made my ratchet sing!
Favorite Fishing Spot: Cape Point to Dassen
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Well done Miles and co. Nice pics, Nice report. Where about (co-ords) did you catch the fish?

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
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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.

Hammertime
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Joined: Fri Sep 28th, 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 2982
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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.

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.
Boat:  Magnum 25
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Mana: 
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.

Arrie D
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Location: Bellville - Cape Town
Posts: 685
Equipment: shimano's
Best Catch: Cob, 34kg, GT 35kg ,
Favorite Fishing Spot: Struisbaai , Cape Point
Boat: Seacat 565 ' Yellow Trail '
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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 !!

 

 

Tuna fish
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Posts: 975
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Shot Ryan

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

Fin-S
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Joined: Mon Nov 26th, 2007
Location: Gordons Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 1495
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Best Catch: Good fishing mates
Favorite Fishing Spot: Remote locations in Africa
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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....

Hammertime
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Location: Cape Town, South Africa
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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

Last edited on Wed Oct 7th, 2009 09:15 am by Hammertime

kraken
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Joined: Wed Jan 24th, 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
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Best Catch: My son and anything with a tail
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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!

156
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Joined: Mon Feb 18th, 2008
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 275
Equipment: Penn, Int, LD, 49 more Penns & handlines
Best Catch: Next weekend
Favorite Fishing Spot: False Bay
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Congratulations, great report and pictures as usual. From the title it looks like this thread will run and run ........ brilliant!

Decker
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Location: Paarl, Cape Town, South Africa
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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 )

Dorado75
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Joined: Fri Dec 28th, 2007
Location: Glencairn , South Africa
Posts: 6241
Equipment: Rods, reels, handlines, bungees.....
Best Catch: 100kg Yellowfin,20kg Kob,12kg Leervis,19kg GT,35kg Dorado,3kg Galjoen
Favorite Fishing Spot: False bay and surrounds
Boat:  ARK Fishduc2 "Durex"
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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!

fedu
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Location: Luanda, Angola
Posts: 1985
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Best Catch: 40Kg kob, 23Kg Dorado, 25Kg Grouper, 30Kg Amberjack, 33Kg Bass
Favorite Fishing Spot: Lucira in Namibe south of Angola, Soyo
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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......

Last edited on Wed Oct 7th, 2009 03:41 pm by fedu

MATTYMOO
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Joined: Wed May 28th, 2008
Location: Newlands Cape Town
Posts: 66
Equipment: Penn reels and rods ,Shimano reels and assorted rods
Best Catch: 60Kg yellowfin, 27kg longfin ,13,3 kg yellowtail
Favorite Fishing Spot: Cape Point and the DEEP !
Boat:  1/2 23Ft Buttcat
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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 !

Lunatick
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Location: Piet Retief, South Africa
Posts: 69
Equipment: Penn boat roads with TLD 20 & 25, speedmaster medium ...
Best Catch: Sailfish, Prodigal Son, GT, Amberjack, Yellow spot kingie
Favorite Fishing Spot: Ponta du Oura, Cape Vidal, St Lucia, East London
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Eishhh, you guys maak 'n man lus!!!!!!!!!

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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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

Redhawk
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Joined: Sat May 26th, 2007
Location: Middelburg, South Africa
Posts: 580
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Best Catch: 500lb Blue Marlin ...
Favorite Fishing Spot: Mosselbay, Zavora, Xai-Xai, Zongoene, Kosi Bay
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Good going Miles & HT!

 

:wfish

Last edited on Sat Oct 10th, 2009 08:06 pm by Redhawk

FishExcutnr
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Joined: Wed Sep 3rd, 2008
Location: Franschhoek And Vredehoek, South Africa
Posts: 1007
Equipment: Tibor to Tiagra
Best Catch: 101 kg yellowfin tuna
Favorite Fishing Spot: 42 & 10, Point, Witsands
Boat: Megalodon-butt cat 760 2x 150 zuks
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miles your reports are just simply brilliant! well done guys, really bloody jealous!!!!!!!

Arrie D
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Location: Bellville - Cape Town
Posts: 685
Equipment: shimano's
Best Catch: Cob, 34kg, GT 35kg ,
Favorite Fishing Spot: Struisbaai , Cape Point
Boat: Seacat 565 ' Yellow Trail '
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Aha - thanks Miles - nice guys. Biggggg fish.

tauruck
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Location: Buccleuch., South Africa
Posts: 4512
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Best Catch: Shad, Rock Cod, Daga.
Favorite Fishing Spot: Mtwalume, Pumula, Umzumbe, Oslo beach.
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Shot Miles.

Great report.

You could say it was "Hammer Time".

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

Hammertime
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Joined: Fri Sep 28th, 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 2982
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Best Catch: 103kg yellowfin
Favorite Fishing Spot: Right now anywhere will do
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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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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.

Last edited on Sun Oct 11th, 2009 09:59 am by Hammertime

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This amazes me.
I made a comment on SeaLine about 42&10 and 44&08 in summer with 5 square miles around each of those marks and you would be smiling.

Now Monday we were in that area and we did ok. Got onto the fish late but from a recreational point of view we did very well.

3 days later, early Friday morning (can't count Friday as day 4 as it hasn't happened yet) and the fish is there but not in any numbers. We go plenty sterntrawlers (my favourite African / Queen) and nothing.

So maybe I need to rethink my piece of advice about those numbers. On any given day at this time of year I would run to the abovementioned numbers. BUT... it seams the fish are right back in the west where they were in late April to June.

Odd odd odd. The sea- one big mystery!

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Thats 38 miles in 3 days that they moved right?
Was there any change in the weather patterns that causes that or do the fish just decide to go where they want for no reason?

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Nopem 18 miles.
They were in the west in the beginning of the week too.
But over last weekend, not this one, the numbers were good in the Canyon. Now it seams they back in the deeper longfin grounds.

I give up!

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oops my bad, for some reason i had 38 in my head, went and checked and miles did say 18nm from where you were.....im tired

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All I can say is NO FAIR. You talk about a bad day 10 yft of 60-80kgs, and 20 LF. Thats enought o sink my 21 ft butt cat, and enough for most people to do cart wheeels all over the place. Awsome fishing, can just dream about the days when the fishing is GOOD if thats a avg to bad day. sure then you do get the days when you get skunked, but we need those as well to keep it Real. Well done to all involved.

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Nice pics Dr Fish ha ha!!!  The boat looks awesome!!  Did Nish tell you we had a couple of fish last Wednesday, it was cool to be on the fish again....  We should get together some time and send my regards to your wife.  Chow Iggie

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So when's my turn :P haha
Nice one guys! I see Dr Fish is back in business
Sold that 1.14 stealth the other day, got me a new gun to test ;)

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Nice! At least they were not rosy ....

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Forum member FLIPPIE pulling a 20kg class longfin.....


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AWESOME stuff Dr.Fish Crew!!!

Lekker to see HT with that big fat YFT Grin on his face!!
Epic conditions too...

Love the light tackle action on that longfin of Flippies!! Nice work boys, jealous as hell!

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Miles - Thanks for the ride, appreciated as always.
Working fish on the Dr Fish is better than doing anything else.

Mr yellowfin - will you please stop playing hard to get and just feed good and proper. 6 lines in the water means we want 6 at a time, not 2.

Thanks again Miles.

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ok that is just so unfair...............really

awesome stuff guys!!!

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lovely stuff....I can see Nepps thinking PE2 and short strokes.
Must be tuna time. HT is smiling lekker!

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Good to hear the fish are back, nice pics!!

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Ja, there's some fish around for sure. But very patchy.


The thing with Wednesday was it has to be the flattest sea day I can remember in about 5 or so years. The run to the deep was amazing and I have NEVER seen false bay so flat upon our return.

As far as a day goes, you don't get any better than that sea wise.

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I haven't confirmed this but the source is very reliable.
I believe a deck boat out in the canyon had 13 nice yellowfin onboard. This was on Saturday and will have been an accumulated total for a few days at sea (I think).

Will try shed some light but there are boats getting fish, you have to work damn hard for them but they there still.