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 Posted: Mon Oct 15th, 2007 01:46 pm
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Hammertime
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Thought I would post a report on what went down this last weekend.

For the point, some good tail came out on Saturday at rocky bank. Closer to hangklip area there were plenty shoaling tail. Saw a few good ones on the boats. Sunday don't know.

Ajay did you Go? League was called off on Saturday. Don't ask me why? Then we had to fish on yesterdays junk, pouring rain 25knot westerlies. Crazy.

However Saturday and Sunday were EXCELLENT in the deap. There are monster yellowfin out there. Well done Gareth, a young junior who landed a 71kg yellow on 10kg after 3 hours. Repsect.

As for us, I can hardly type this report after being seriously abused by these fish. The weather yesterday was not so good but we are all alive. Bad news was we fished 10kg yesterday. If any league anglers read this post, well done to those of you who boated fish, they are not small and very angry. We put up some points, so we can't complain. Most fish were 60kg and up. Saturday saw some 90's. I was stripped of 1200metres of line in seconds on my Tiagra 30W yesterday. A Tiagra 80wide with 60kg of line was stripped on saturday with 18kg of drag. BLUE FIN for sure!! I got a best for a long fin 26.3kg. Was happy as I do not fish for them so some luck my way. My first mate sat on a fish for 3hours, we had it a meter under the boat 3 times and it sat at 8fathoms under the boat for 2 hours.
We lost it when the 10kg line just popped under the lengthy strain. I popped one after an hour, but did bang a fish to the boat in under 5mins. Pulled the hooks at the gaff. He was small so no worries. Legal catch though had the leader on all the fish. The 3 hour fish was leadered and was around 75-80kg. Well done James!!! Poor bugger can hardly walk today.

We pinned the fish on the baits except for our first strike on the back lines. I had a fish take my line and all I had in the water was my 500mm fluero bite trace. I had no intention of going into the water just then. Just kept the hooks out the way and not on the deck. Fish had other ideas. Any closer and the big yellow would have jumped into the boat. Sure he klapped his kop on my starboard prop. There are so many longfin you can't get the baits through them to the yellows below. Well you can but you need to have a few tricks up your sleeve.

The water has changed to a lovely colour. The fish will be moving in. Those guys on the smaller boats, take a big stick or two with you and chum a bit outside the bellows from the end of the month.

Jaco, hope you are coming down next month. If you want BIG BIG fish now is the time. It's October comp this week, I think ESA will be filming, so keep an eye out for that.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 15th, 2007 03:49 pm
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Great report Hammer, thanks boet!! Hopefully I'll be able to get out there myself one of these days...

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 Posted: Mon Oct 15th, 2007 05:44 pm
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Hi Hammertime
Thanks for the report sounds great seeing what's coming out.
stuffed my back quite bad a week ago so don't know if I will fish in November, already cancelled with our group but will see how it feels end November and will definitely tie up with you then as I cancelled with our group already.Will let you know what's happening closer to end of october. Will not even think of takong those big one's on if I am not it top condition. That 18kg drag and stripped on the Tiagra 80 you guys are seriously fishing some biiiig fish there.
Enjoy the fun and tight lines for the comp hope you guys do well. Let us know what happens.

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 Posted: Tue Oct 16th, 2007 08:58 am
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Hey HT --Great report. Sounds like one hellava weekend. Cant wait to get a gap.70-80 on 10 kg is good stuff . Glad you clocked up some early points .

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 Posted: Tue Oct 16th, 2007 11:39 am
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Can't wait to get out there...... Seems all the rain we had was a good thing

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 Posted: Tue Oct 16th, 2007 12:25 pm
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Ja I think a proper winter and a good SE blowing is just what we needed.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 11th, 2007 09:46 pm
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Well the farthest I got out this weekend was the driveway. Been asked by a few folk for a pic of the fishing platform, so here it is dwarfing my double cab.

Don't think we have enough rods (ha ha)
Glad we stayed land based, made the right call this weekend.

Anyone familiar with furuno radars, can you tell me what HD-SIG-MISS means. The radar just stopped working and it's not even a year old?
Probably a loose wire in the dome. Just wandered if anyone knew what it was before I start removing stuff.

Attachment: vixen.jpg (Downloaded 236 times)

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 Posted: Mon Nov 12th, 2007 10:41 am
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Pretty ride HT, very pretty.....
Do you have enough rods? Umm... No, I think you need a Tuna Max and Smith WGJ with Stella 10K and 20 K to match... that might complete the set up!! :-)

As to Furuno..... Check the net mate... Or ask the Boys on Getbent, or Bloody decks...

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 Posted: Mon Nov 12th, 2007 11:36 am
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Hi there Hammertime

Check in the bottom left corner if it gives you a "No Fix" message. This may mean a damaged cable or antenna - replace antenna. Had the same issue last week in Sodwana, fortunately someone had a spare antenna.:headb

Otherwise download the manual from the Net. There is a few option of "check RAM", "clear RAM" and "Cold Start" that might also help you out.

Cheers.

 

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 Posted: Mon Nov 12th, 2007 12:04 pm
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Hi SnT
How was the sodwana trip. Give us some feedback and pics if you get a chance
Thanks

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 Posted: Mon Nov 12th, 2007 12:09 pm
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Hi HT
Nice boat you got there, just need some water around it. Oh yes and screaming reels.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 12th, 2007 02:21 pm
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Surf n Turf

Thanks a ton mate. opened the dome up and the drive belt had jumped off the little drive gear. Popped it back on, tightened up the gear on the little shaft and "back in action".

Thanks
Hammertime

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 Posted: Mon Nov 12th, 2007 06:23 pm
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Nice boat, very nice. So whats happening in the deep hammer?

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 Posted: Mon Nov 12th, 2007 08:31 pm
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Howzit Darren

There are good fish in the deep, but when the big big guys turn around you know it's bad out there.

I'm booked for Saturday, Sunday and Monday so hopefully next week this time I will be able to post something decent. I may run on Thursday, depends on this crazy weather. Later part of the week should produce SE, but the swell is still up to 19 feet on Wednesday.

As I've said in the past, don't mind the screaming wind if the swells not too out of control. Can't remember when last I didn't fish for this long, so we WILL run this week have to go look for myself.

Cheers
HT

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 Posted: Mon Nov 12th, 2007 09:20 pm
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Ja Hammer--Shes a beaut.Cant wait to see her in her element. Have to take someone with a good camera on my old tub and see if we can get a couple of snaps at speed in the soft morning light.Not that ill be bable to even come close to keeping up.......!Youll ahve to go round in circles for a bit before you tear off onto the horizon.-Cheers

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Thanks for the offer, they do look much better in their element for sure.

You chirp about keeping up made me think of a pet hate. You know cars are made nowadays to go fast, down side is the roads aren't, guess that is why Germany has the autobaan.

What is it with some skippers who clearly treat the throttles like a gear lever. First is all the way forward, to make boat go push control all the way to sunset.
In my earlier years as a skipper I used to ride my boats really hard. I still do but within reason. I normally only plough the ocean if it's very late and I'm supposed to be somewhere or it's an emergency. My old man taught me something about killing the boat and the crew, that I will never forget.
Combined we have skippered for nearly 50 years, we've seen a bit of damage.

Next time you are going out ask someone to take the wheel and lie on the deck. When you're ready ask them to open the boat up. FEEL the stress. When you've taken a few for the team, imagine the poor boat. I have had a reply from some clever joe on this comment of mine - "boats are made for it". My reply - So you're one of those guys who can't find her sweet spot. Every boat like a perfectly shaped surfboard has a sweet spot, and believe it or not, that is not normally found at 28 or above knots. Interestingly Erwin Bursik is a legend at reminding skippers about this. Don't think he ever does a boat test without reminding everyone about a healthy cruising speed.

We do get good SOG on vixen, she is fast but we don't crash her into, or onto the water very often. I try to ride a boat like a good old friend of mine "Jock the mauritian", who I surf launched with at Umhlanga and LaMercy. I can never remember getting a snot klap in the surf with him, it was all about timing.

Ok so now that I've blabbed on about bugger all, when are we gunna fish this yellowtail thing? It seems pointless to rush off if there's bugger all around and the bad news is holidays are soon and everyone beetles off.

I'll start a seperate post and lets see who'se in and then when.
Maybe I will put up a prize, like a free trip to the deep. But with this weather one might never claim it ha ah

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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2007 11:44 am
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Great points HT....

I think I mentioned it in a previous post somewhere, but it was in regards to tackle and boat maintenance... Treat her well and she'll treat you well...

I skippered some oooollllldddd beat up boats in the Caribbean... And some of these boats had seen better days, both their bodies and their engines.... So you learn to treat them well, softly, and as you say, find that sweet spot... Sure, I wasn't paying for the fuel, I was a charter skipper, so I could push the throttles on the old Detroit V8's to sunset and drink diesel if I wanted to... But what for? Completely undue stress... Then all my Jamaican buddies who skippered with me... They treated their boats like boy racers... coming into the dock, they would rev rev rev rev rev rev the bloody thottles like a pecker trying to get you to dice on the N2... and not surprisingly they spent ALOT more days down in the engine bay trying to fix busted bits.... ( They also hit the dock a lot more often!! )

Everything has a sweet spot... My skateboards have a sweet spot, flyrods have a sweet spot, woman have a sweet spot... the art of what we do, is finding that sweet spot, and enjoying it...

I just read back over all these posts.... Listen to us... Bunch of bloody old sensible buggers aren't we? And here some people think these chopped up, Afro headed fisherman are just a bunch of skollies....

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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2007 01:41 pm
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I think everyone should fish and those who don't we send to the moon.
Ha ha.
You gotta love fishing, is there anything besides hunting the Betty's thats better. Ah ja ok maybe an ice cold beer after an hours tussle with one of those suicidal shoal fish who refuse to come to the boat.

Beer, hmmn may as well hook up with thos Tuna bugger right now and seeing as we aren't fishin we may as well sink a few and get knotted.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2007 09:34 pm
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Hey Hammer--Im a bit of a slo jo out there.I get on the plane and just sit.My boats quite heavy for her length and she was a touch over -specd I think.All the compartment bulkheads are double and at 4.5 metres and around 900 kilos shes no speed machine.No caning round like a teenager but she feels so nice and solid which I really enjoy.Makes me feel more secure given her size.Most important thing is that shes mine and I dont know how i lived without her. I know how long I wanted one so the fact she has a few warts and is a bit long in the tooth just doesnt matter.
You need a decent speedboat for real speed anyway I think.Good power to weight ratio with only 1 prop and sitting down nice and near the water so it feels even faster and a ten metre roostertail at full taps on glass.........mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2007 10:24 pm
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He He Ajay. They are lovely things boats.
Had 10, built 5 myself from scratch (very scratchy with all that glass).
Everyone a piece of me.

Who wants that speed, other than some bling bling peckerhead as Nepps put it anyway, when...

You come down the slipway, gentle breeze blowing. The driver asks you too keep the lights off, he's reversing and the slipway light is out again, your deck lights are blinding him. It's 4:00am, an hour before first light. You warm up the engines on the slip, there is not a soul in sight. Engines warmed up so the youngster unhooks the boat. The driver goes up two meters or so, then comes back fast and breaks hard, she runs off the trailer, with a little help from the engines. Aaagh the smell of two strokes (nothing like it) you feel her lift as she comes off the trailer, you're afloat. Deck lights go on as the bakkie staggers out the water up the slipway, then the nav lights, the GPS, VHF and finally the trims are set, you know this place, so you swing her about inside the slip, port side just in gear, starboard a short hard burst as she turns on a tickey and faces the exit.

Just outside, you aim the spot light into the water, the resident maasbanker come say hi. A few charged up yozuris go in and you're full before the crew even get on board. You head in and pick them up, the poor bastards get to walk the hill.

Keys in the cubby, the smokers light up (never been there) and junior brings out the coffee. GO TO the point is entered. Swing past the ROCK and bring her up to 20 knots, as she tracks on the highway. Deck lights go off, steaming lights go on. The Point lighthouse on your starboard, Cape Hangklip on your port. The phosphorous is all over the show, splashing up the gunnels and dancing in the wake.

Your only worry is the whales - Today boys, we catch fish, but you never say it. Friggen hell, you don't need to, we've all been here before!

Please in the good Lords name tell me why I would want to open the throttles and rush that???? Just being out there is an honor.

Anyone want my job - NOT A CHANCE I'm in love with the ocean and her toys!!!

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