Chronicles of a Blue Water Hunter

Discussion in 'Offshore Fishing Reports' started by miles, Oct 19, 2008.

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    Hiya


    A selection of some adventure's i've had with my buddy's, both fishing and spearing!!

    A bit of background: we fish/dive in False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. Thats the place where the documentary "Air JAwz" was made. One of the few places in the world where Great White Sharks breach!! Fishing and spearing, especially with the shark element, offers a different type of adrenaline rush!!

    Anyways, here's some pic's:

    Hiya

    Bad viz. meant line fishing this week-end. Flat sea, almost no wind. Great conditions for line fishing. Was on anchor when suddendly the water erupts into a froth of white foam!!! Must be yellowtail (kingie)!!!! Up anchor and speed to them full throttle. Unfortunately it wasn't 'tail (kingies), but something much better...........a school of dolphins!!!! Absolutely stunning!!!! They spent about a half an hour playing with us, then departed.

    Ps. this is about 1km from Seal Island, where the documentary "AIR JAWS" was made
     

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    Hiya

    I finally managed to outwit the weatherman. Predicted 5m swells and 55km/h winds. Warning that rough seas are to be expected!!!

    Yeah right!!!

    Picture of my favourite galgoen (type of bream) spot
     

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    Anybody up for a dive???

    This was taken in Simons Town Harbour. I mean, you haven't even launched your boat yet and then get this surprise!!! :D :D
    Beautiful!!!!
     

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    Dassen Island, 12th June 2004. Cold water (13degrees), bad viz (1-2m at some places!!!), just recovered from the cold i've had for the past couple of days, got into a wet wetsuit (went diving on wednesday, came home sick, forgot to hang my wetsuit up to dry!! ). Had a great day though, some good fish and good company, what more could one ask for!!!!
     

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    June 16th is a public holiday and its best celibrated by going spearing. Lovely weather, 15-20m viz. (exceptional for my neck of the woods!!!), 16degrees water, small swell, loads of birds and seals feasting on baitfish about 2km's behind Bellows Rock.

    Raced up to the action, killed the motors and drifted into the melee of birds, seals, anchovies. My buddy and i simultaneously jumped overboard, one on each side of the boat. As soon as we hit the water a 3.5m shark comes zooming up from the depths!!!! 2 seconds later we're back in the boat!!!! Can you believe it!!!!! Perfect conditions and less than 5seconds in the water and a GW chases us away!!!! Now thats REALLY NOT FUN. Anyways, we stayed in the area for a while and jumped into some baitfish balls, but no yellowtail in attendance.

    We then moved to Bellows Rock where some other spearo's were having better luck. They managed about 1 fish each. Not much happening either and still a bit nervous from our earlier encounter, we decide to rather go hunt some nice reef fish. So off we go into False Bay. Just inside Cape Point i pick up a school of fish on the echo. We jump in and see its a school of small yellowtail 2-3kg's. Didn't shoot any, thought we'll just hang around and see if their bigger brothers would show up. Suddenly the boat pulls up next to us with buggy screaming SHARK!!!! Oh, no, not AGAIN!!! 2seconds later, we're back in the boat. Turns out to be a HUGE sunfish (mola-mola). We jumped in and swm with it for a while. Stunning!!!!! (was a bit too slow with the camera )

    Anycase, ended up hunting the reefs and pinnacles in False Bay and managed a couple of tasty reefies of 1-2kg's.

    What a decidedly nice way to spend a public holiday. And the best part is that the weekend is only 2 days away!!!!

    Regards
    miles
     

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    Weekend again!!!! Decided to go to Dassen Island again. Had no weather reports as all they guys that went spearing on wednesday (public holiday), didn't do too well. 5:30 in the morning and the rain is pouring down!!!!! Ah well, not like we're afraid of getting wet Got to my buddies house at about 6 and just as i stopped, the boats trailer wheel fell out..........bearing had colapsed........arghhhhhhhh..........i just replaced it a month ago. Bugger, out comes the tools and spare bearings. A hour later we're back on the road.

    We get to the harbour and is greeted by a flat sea and clean water. The rain has stopped and the sun is beginning to shine. Looks like its going to be a good day. Launched and started to run to the island. 5mnutes later we're in dirty, muddy brown/red water...........arggggghhhhhhhh...........0m viz!!!!! Water temp 13.5degrees. Saw a small school of dolphins, but they were very skittish and didn't want to play Ran past the island looking for clean water. Came across hordes of birds and penguins working on baitfish. Got my GF to throw out a spinning rod whilst we kitted up. the spinner just hit the water when the yellowtail hit the lure!!!! Now that she had the fish hooked, all she does is hold the fish, which in turn holds the school there. With all the scrambling on board i simply jumped in, no weightbelt, no wetsuit top, no gloves..........only wetsuit bottom, socks fins and mask and snorkel. As i hit the water a 6kg fish appears out of the murk. Let my 115cm Rabitech do its job!!!!! Great start to the day. Got back in the boat and kitted properly up. Alas, that was the only yellowtail action we saw!!!! Schools were very skittish in the dirty water.

    Ended up catching some snoek for the pan. These pelagic fish, which is family of the barracuda, is only found in SA, well Cape Town area. They average 2-7kg's. Very, very tasty. Nobody spears them, as they have a nasty habit of simply attacking you!! Considering that their teeth is coated with a anti-coagulant substance, if you do get bitten, you bleed profusely A tip here is to cut the eyeball of the fish open and apply the fluid the seeps from the eye to the wound. Lessens the bleeding fairly quickly. Some of the bigger fish had roe in them..........a great delicacy!!!! Caught about 20 fish on spinning rods and handline, then proceeded to shoot some "hottie" (type of bream that lives in the kelp) for the smoker. Shot a couple in the shallows where we found 2-3m viz. Best was a 1.8kg fish. Swam into a small cow shark in the dirty water and almost mistook it for a yellowtail. (harmless shark, with a impressive set on dentures though!!!)

    All in all, a great day, with some lovely fresh barbequed fish and fried fish roe as well as smoked fish (well actually, last weeks smoked fish!!!) for supper

    Can't wait for next week-end!!!!!
     

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    Hiya all

    Just another week-end report. After 2 weeks of HUGE seas and gale force winds, the weatherman finally predicted a calm sea with little wind. Left work at 4:00am, picked up crew, drove to Dassen Island (Yzterfontein), which is about 80km's away. Got there, and we couldn't even open the cars doors!!! Gale force winds.........arghhhhh...........one of these fine days i'm going to have a nice long chat to those weathermen!!!!!!

    Anycase, a couple of phonecalls later, we're off to Cape Point, which is now about 140km's away. Got there, flat sea with a fresh wind.........well looks dive-able. Ran out to Bellows, past all the commercial fishing boats, which were all sitting very quitely. Hmmmmmm, not much action. At Bellows Rock, we found a school of yellowtail kingfish. Jumped in only to be greeted by 2m viz!!!! Needless to say, we stopped diving and rather went to shoot some reef fish in the quiter water of False Bay. Here the viz was 5-7m with 15degrees water. Not great, but good enough. Shot some nice Galgoen though. Realised that all this yellowtail hunting has made me lazy, so i need to brush up on my reef fish skills!!!

    To brighten up our day, we had a whale come say hello!!!! Not to clued up as to what type, and by the time i got the digital camera out he had sounded already. Managed to get a bad picture of him. Just look below the birds and you can clearly see his tail as he is busy diving. Now if only i could have a bottom time like that whale.........................
     

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    Took my boat out to Dassen Island. Fairly calm sea with a little wind. Echo sounder was reading a coolllllddddd 12 degrees celcuis at the harbour. Just outside the harbour, water was a dirty brown colour. ZERO viz!!!! Anycase, 15minutes later we are at Dassen Island, greeted by a school of yellowtail kingfish smashing bait on the surface, with birds dive-bombing into this melee!!!! Two other boats were also spearing in the area, but they were occupied by other schools!!!! Jumped in, 15degrees water, about 8m viz, and plenty of fish!!!! Blessed a nice fish with the Rabitech steel, and then went looking for some more action!!! Alas, with such a great start, thing started getting worse. Schools were very skittish, you'd run past the working birds, noting the direction the schools were moving, then jump in ahead of them, swim into the action and spear!! HARD work, and the schools would change direction just before you got to them!!!! One tactic that worked was to have the boat drop us about 50m in front of the school, then if the school turns away, the boat goes around them, chasing them back towards us.

    Ended up with a couple of fish, spent an hour or so diving with a baby whale, who seemed to follow the boat where-ever we went!!!!

    Not bad for a winter spearing trip. Thankfully summer is around the corner and we should be able to shoot some decent Yellowtail Kingfish!!!

    Regards
    miles
     

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    After all that YF Tuna action, preperations were made for the week-end. Unfortunately a 28knot wind prohibited us from making the 40nm journey.....

    Well, after leaving at 3:30 in the morning, we travelled the 80 odd km's to the slip, only to get blown away. Now, being very stressed out at work, i just HAD to get my weekly fix of spearing!! A couple of phone calls later, and off we go back home to get out Yellowtail Kingfish guns. Then the 70km trip to the OTHER slip started. Water was a decent 15 degrees with horrible 2-3m viz with most of the fish staying right on the bottom in 15-20m water. RABITECH'D them!!!!

    We had a blast none-the-less, and one of my friends who'd been spearing for almost 10 years now, finally got his first Yellowtail Kingfish.

    Feels good to be recharged and ready for another weeks stress!!!! Once again, can't wait for NEXT week-end!!!

    Regards
    miles
     

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    Hiya

    I've FINALLY managed to get my camera fixed!!!

    Lastest adventures!!
    Friday, 4th Feb 2005, Dassen Island AGAIN!!! No diving kit, as i'm recovering from a slight flu and Tommy is recovering from an ear infection. So out comes the fishing tackle. At certain times of the year, Longfin Tuna (albacore) come very close to Dassen Island, and are quite easily caught. They're generally small class fish, ranging from 3-10kg's. We heard via the grape-vine that the fish were in the area, so off we went. We spent the morning catching 15 Longfin Tuna. Good fun, but no camera, so no evidence!!

    On saturday, 5th Feb , the wife MADE me take her fishing. Once again, no diving kit. We faired very badly, managing only 2 smallish longfins. To save the day, we went to look for some yellowtail. Low and behold, the 'tail were swimming on the surface, smashing baitfish in 20m+VIZ. As usual, they weren't interested in fishing tackle, so we managed only 3. All through the 'tail performance, Tommy and myself were cussing at not bringing our spearguns!!! ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Oh well, you can't ALWAYS win!!

    Monday, 7th Feb, back at Dassen. Fully kitted with 15 guns on board!!! RESULT: NO FISH!!!!!!!! Water was ice cold!!! And we took for-ever to navigate in the mist. (I really do need to get a plotter soon!!) Souveniers for the day is a spectacular photo of the lighthouse in the mist as well as the curious sunfish. Well, one of the MANY we saw!!!

    Regards
    miles
     

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    Hiya All

    Things have been pretty quite around my neck of the woods. Diving wise, its been a FAMINE!!, due to the bad viz., strong winds, big seas (feel free to add the USUAL lame excuses we spearo's use!! ),etc. I've been line fishing for the past couple of weeks, so my diving skills have started becoming a wee bit rusty.

    Tommy calls on Wednesday night. STRUISBAAI is the place. They had just taken some big Yellowtail Kingfish of up to 22Kg's. (That HUGE for South African standards!!). So 4:00am on Thursday sees up driving the 200 odd km's to Struisbaai. Water is clean, 10-20m viz, but lateral viz. is down to less than 10m due to particles suspended in the water.

    First spot supplies the first fish of the day. A small 6kg Yellowtail Kingie. The place is alive with skipjack, but we're told in no uncertain terms, that they are NOT to be speared. Reason: they're a dinner-bell for GW sharks.

    Half-way through the day, Ferdie comes up to me, just AFTER i lost a 10kg Yellowtail kingie, and warns me of a big Raggie (ragged tooth shark). Generally a fish stealer, so i'm not worried. Five minutes later, i dive down in about 10m of water, over a wreck. I see movement at the bottom and angle down to see what it is. Halfway down i realise its a 3m shark. Probably the Raggie i guess. I slowly angle away, keen to still have a proper look, when all of a sudden i see the white blotches extending from the stomach area. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I slowly start ascending, keeping my gun between me and the GW. Fortunately he only gave me the once over, and continued to where Tommy and Ferdie were. I surface, shout for the boat, but by then Tommy and Ferdie has also seen the shark. Powerheads on!!!! The shark dis-appears, only to re-appear 2-3minutes later. Angle up directly to Ferdie. Tommy and Ferdie manage to fend off the shark and jump into the boat. DAMNNNN!!! My first white for this year, and just when i started seeing 20kg class Yellowtail!!!

    Oh well, we give the spot an hour to cool down, diving in another area about 2km's away. Back to the wreck, no sight of the GW, but the dive is spoiled. Every drop, you spend so much time looking behind you that it becomes frustrating!!!

    At the end of the day we had 25 yellowtail Kingfish, ranging from 8kg's through to 16kg's. As well as a couple of reef fish. The best part is that YOURS TRULY, only managed to land ONE fish for the day!!!! Oh well, i'll give 'em hell next time!!!

    Just for the record, thats been 4 Great Whites seen by Tommy and crew, in 3 Dives, in two weeks!!!!!!!!! Struisbaai is really getting to be DANGEROUS!!! My dive-buddy, was diving with Tommy last week, and he also got "pushed" by a large GW. I'm starting to wonder just EXCATLY how endangered these GW realy are!!!! 4 sharks in 3 dives in a 40km raduis area, those odds don't sound too good!!!

    Some pic's of the fish and the new gun tommy is building. Small mid-handled woodie with a 7mm spear and 2x16's plus reel. Works very well, as can be seen from the pictures!!

    Great day in the water, none-the-less!!! Can't wait for the week-end!! Struisbaai, here we come!!!! (this spearo was never noted for his sanity!!)

    Regards
    miles
     

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    Hiya

    Just returned from a 5 day holiday. Since the spearing was quite good in the Struisbaai area, myself and my wife deicided to take a short holiday. Amongst the GREAT spearing, we did manage to get some sight-seeing in as well!! Was actually fun just to act like tourists, chatting to EVERYBODY on the harbour about fish and fishing and sharks!!!

    I unfortunately only went spearing on one of the days, which was when my dive buddies came down from Cape Town. Struisbaai is really NOT a place to dive on your own. We shot some nice Yellowtail and a couple of bank fish and was also greeted by a young 3m great white. Fortunately, nobody was injured and thankfully the shark was also left unharmed!! There were some anxious moments, with everybody scrambling to get on board!! Luckily for us, we only saw the one, so diving was resumed a couple of kilomteres away.

    The picture with the GW approaching the boat was taken whilst divers were trying to get to the boat from the other side. The loaded speargun with powerhead was just a safety precaution, should things turn nasty.

    Some pic's....

    Regards
    miles
     

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    Took my boat to Struisbaai today. First real spearing trip. Water was a murky 4-6m viz, with the temperature of 20 degrees. Slight swell with a fresh wind. Boat went beautifully. No banging or hanging onto for dear life!!! . First dive resulted in a 9kg yellowtail, third dive resulted in a 2.5m dusky shark charging my fish and after gobbling it, charging me!!!! Not fun

    Anyways, shot some reef fish as well as some more yellowtail. Then had a 3m dusky bend the shaft on my 115cm rabitech, after a tussle over a 7kg yellowtail Sharks 2 miles 0. Don't like those statistics . Will hopefully improve on them next time!!!!

    Had loads of fun none-the-less!!!

    Regards
    miles
     

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    Saturday 24th April 2004. Time 6:30 in the morning. Swell 2.5m, wind 40km/h NW, water temp 17degrees, viz 6-8m(reportedly!!!). Thinking what the devil am i doing here putting on a wetsuit in the rain (forgot the warm water again!!!!), should've stayed in bed!!!!

    Result, 36 yellowtail (kingies), one 20kg Yellowfin tuna and one skipjack.

    All shot with my 115cm Rabitech with Omer Pelagic Reel.
    At this rate Rabitech should start thinking about sponsoring me!!!! ;D ;D ;D

    Regards
    miles
     

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    Spring has finally arrived, only to bring some unseasonal (read crappy !!!!) weather. The week-end looked good for our first juant to the deep. After months of cold water, big seas, small yellowtail kingfish, a good dive was sorely lacking!!!! Re-check the weather on Friday and it looked like a good day on Sunday. Boat was packed, guns double checked, knots re-tied,etc,etc

    Sunday morning, after pulling a 36hour shift (agian no sleep!! ) we left for the sea. At the slip, wing was HOWLING 24knots South East!!!! (that wing is affectionately known as THE CAPE DOCTOR!!, and only knows two strengths, no wind or PLENTY wind!!!) Not a good start. Kitted up anyways and had breakfast whilst waiting for the sun to rise so that we could see what the water was like.

    Sun rise, wind had dropped to 19 knots and i made the call.....................its off to the deep we go!!!! Crew started to mumble something about their skipper being insane. (i'm used to that!!!!) Anycase, the 40nm trip started off rather bumpily!!! After about 10nm the sea flattened and the wind subsided enough to give a pleasant ride out. At this point, the water was a chilly 13degrees. About 2 hours later we finally find the warm, blue 18degrees water. Plenty of life, bait being chased, birds dive bombing, small albacore (longfin) and skipjack jumping out of the water!!!!!!!!!!!

    We run a bit further and i pick up a school of fish on the echo, guys scambling to put their kit on whilst Girlfriend is handling the boat. She immediately throws some chum into the water.

    I jump in and start to unwind my bungie from my float. Whilst busy a 90-100kg YF tuna swims around me eating the chum!!!!! Scores of BIG tuna are feeding just a bit lower down!!!!!!! AWESOME sight!!!!

    So now i've got the 3x16's my 58" mid handled woodie loaded. Fish are extremely fast and i end up missing that 90-100kg fish!!!!!!!!!!!Arghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! Oh well, at least i saw them!!!! My buddy is using my 63" Mid handled wooden, and also finally manages to load the 4x16's. By now the fish has gone down...................We drift a little longer and again they rise to the chum!!!!! These brutes are so big that they aren't scared of a diver!! I aim......and let her rip!!!!!!!!! Slip tip deploys and the fish decides to try and bury its head in the sand 400m below us!!!!!!!!!! "FISH ON!!!!!" i screamed to the boat. GF now collects my gun and the fight can start. Fish takes all the bungie (25m) and stretchs it out to about 60-65m, then starts towing me around whilst a hang onto the boogie board!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!

    10 minutes of this pass, then 20minutes, then a half an hour!!!!! My arms are paining, back is complaning, hands are cramping and still no sight of the fish!!!!!! About 40 minutes later, i see him. Glowing silver, with those two HUGE sickle fins that are shining like gold!!!!!!!!! My buddy now passes me my 115cm Rabitech with omer pelagic reel. I load, dive down and place a second shot through the gills, out by the opposite gill plate. BIG MISTAKE...............fish now dives again and 20 minutes later i've got it next to the boat. Buddy gaffs the fish, whilst other buddy puts another gaff into the tail. I take my knife out........as i brain the fish, i give way, knowing that in its death throes, YF Tuna become very violent. Fish rips off both gaffs and HEAD BUTTS me twice in the face!!!!!! 5 minutes later i've got the fish back in control, still with my OMER flat hunt knife sticking out of its head!!! Two gaffs in again and into the boat she comes!!!!!
    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The rest of the day is a blurr of non-stop action and adrenaline. Bent spears, both 7mm and 8mm, are the only casualties of the day!!!!!!

    Final tally:
    Miles 74kg's and 55kg's
    Maruis 72kg's
    Henni 82Kg's

    Not bad for our first Tuna trip for the season!!

    Regards
    miles
     

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    Hiya,

    Once again the weather gods has decided to send stormy seas our ways for the weekend. Checking the weather forecast, a brief lull was shown, sort of calm before the storm!! Soooo, what do we do, we go spearing!!!!

    After ANOTHER double shift, my manager arrives 1hour later than planned, so our trip starts off late. None-the-less, we arrive at the slip, only to find the sea enveloped in a THICK mist. We are two boats running out together, one a 25' Fibreglass cat with 2x130hp Honda the other my 21' Semi-Rigid with 2x50hp Yamahas 4strokes. We both launch and make the 10nm trip to the POINT.

    Ok, now i take the lead and almost end up driving onto the rocks on the beach, i then decide to follow the bigger boat, only to have him almost ride into a HUGE rock!!!! Ok, so now we've proven to our respective crews that we're totally useless with out navigational equipment, we FINALLY USE our electronics to safely guide us to the POINT.

    I some-how managed to lose Tommy and crew in that thick mist and when i got to the point, the mist had cleared and no boats are seen!!! Decided to run out the 30nm or so and get them on the tuna grounds.

    As we leave the POINT, we're welcomed by 3 whales that seem to take immense pleasure in breaching, showering all with the spray when they come crashing down!!!! Simaltaneously a school of spinner dolphins were smashing bait fish on the surface, with the usual entourage of seal, terns and various other sea bird!!! What a start!!!

    One and a half hours later, we're on the tuna grounds and Tommy catch's up with us. We find two boats fighting YF and run slightly away from them, using the echo, find some fish and start chumming them. I slip into the clean blue water, only to see plenty of small YF in the 30-40kg class. (more about this SMALL YF's later!!!). I aim, and MISS......................noooooooooooo. Load up, yes they're still around, aim, MISS AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!! Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

    The sad part is that this happened on about 8 shots, (this is with my 63" and my 57" and my 1.3m Rabitech Apex!!!!!) so feeling like a complete idiot i finally get onto the boat. Henni also gets in and is also complaining about missing the fish. Even Attie Louwrens, also a nationally selected spearo, complained about not being able to hit the fish!!!

    Anycase, i FINALLY manage to feed a smallish looking tuna a chunk of 8mm steel. The boat comes over and asks if i want a second gun. I decline and tell them its a small fish and i'd have it in the boat in five minutes!!! 30minutes later, i BEG for a second gun!!!! One hour has passed, the fish now has two spears in it and still no sign of the end is near!!!! I load a third gun, and just about manage to get a lovely kill shot!!!!! Finally she is IDB!!!!!

    The SMALL fish turns out to be a 71Kg !!!!! Lesson learnt, those big fish LOOK small in that clean water. Especially when they're far from you!!!!

    Tommy them did quite well, with each diver taking a fish and Tommy taking 3!!!!! Well done!!!!!!!!

    Regards
    miles
     

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    Hiya

    Well, after being blown off the sea last week, and due to work constraints (must be able to pay for all that spearing gear!!!), the weather gods smiled upon us again!!!!!

    We took a bit of a hiding on the first 10nm part of the trip. VERY bumpy sea. Managed to break the stainless roll/ski bar on the back of the boat. Then the one motor refused to run. Managed to track the fault down to the fuel tanks breather not being open!!!!! (crew member is to blame) Then find petrol on the deck of the boat. Same crew member didn't connect the fuel lines properly after filling up fuel. ARGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

    None-the-less, the crew of intrepid tuna hunters set forth, overcoming all the obstacles that wanted to twart their trip!!!! My girlfriend unfortunately had to work so i asked another spearo buddy to join us. He took a two hour flight, straight after his work, had no sleep, to go tuna spearing!!! NOW thats DEDICATION!!!!!

    Out on the tuna grounds, the sea improved (as Bouyweather.com predicted) and the wind subsided, making it a stunning day. Myself and Tommy Botha jumped in first and about one and a half minutes later i see Tommy's float cartwheeling!!!!! 15minutes later theres a 60kg fish on board.

    A little later, Tommy speared a BIG fish. I threw his kill gun to him, and 10 minutes later the fish was still swimming strong. I then passed another kill gun to him, which he uses to shoot the fish through the head. 5minutes later, fish is still swimming strong!!!!!!! He then grabs the spear on both sides and swims the tuna up. All HELL breaks loose and that tuna dragged and jumped and was beating the water to a froth, all with Tommy holding on!!!! WHAT A RIDE!!!!!! Probably rode that tuna for about 4-5 minutes. Noboby could get close as this fish was swimming in great big circles with Tommy keeping his head out of the water, so as to prevent him from swimming down.

    After that, we all took a fish, with my buddy landing his first YF. I then also lost another one when the boat drove over my shooting line. Lost 2 spears too!!! Expensive day!! Also learnt that 10mm spears (3/8" ) also bends!!!! Not even gonna say much about the bent 7 and 8mm spears!!!

    After about 4 hours on the tuna grounds we had to leave as there was no more place on the boat!!!!!!!! Looks like i'm gonna need a bigger boat soon!!!!!!!!!!!

    Final tally:
    Nikko 55kg's (estimated)
    Miles 55 kg's (estimated)
    Henni 55kg's (estimated)
    Tommy 65kg's (estimated)
    Tommy 85 kg's - weighed
    Tommy 92kg's - weighed

    Regards
    miles
     

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  18. miles

    miles Senior Member

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    After a much anticipated wait, reports of fisherman catching small tuna finally arrived. Packed all the kit and went in search of them on Thursday. Went to our usual co-ordinates, but no fish were to be found. We saw a couple of 30-40kg fish jumping out of the water, but alas, we only saw one longfin(albacore) in the water. We ended the day with 8 YF ranging from 10-30kg's and 10 skipjack(Bonnito), all caught on rod and reel. There was fish around, but the schools were very very small and scattered over a large area.

    So when the week-end arrived, we didn't have very high hopes. We were invited out by a good friend on his 25' Cat. Well, at least we'll catch a couple of fish. So i packed only my 1500 Carbon RA and a small 57" Mid handled woodie. Tommy also just brought a small 52" two banded woodie (for Albacore) and his 62" woodie. And of course all the fishing tackle. We were planning it to be a fishing trip more for my wife and Tommy's son.

    With-in the first hour trolling, we had boated about 6 Albacore and the wife had landed a 40kg YF tuna on 30lb Stand-up tackle!!! Great start!!! So off we go to our "spot". Tommy kiited up, only to realise that he'd left his weight belt at home!! By the time i jumped in, Tommy had already shot and landed two Albacore tuna.

    I battled tracking the fish with my 1500 Carbon RA. Those Albacores are extremely quick and don't have a regular swimming pattern, so shooting them is not quite so easy, especially with a LONG gun!!

    Anycase, i then start seeing YF's!!!! He glides into the chum slick and...............BANG!!!!!!.........fish on!!!!!!!!! 20 minutes later he's in the boat!!! The first YF Tuna of the season!!! YAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!! He wasn't a very big fish, weighing in at just over 100lbs (50kg's), but completely destroyed that 7.5mm RA spear.

    We ended the day with about 20 Albacore between 8-15kg's, one Skipjack and 3 YF's. The two caught weighing 40 and 45kg's. We only speared the one YF and a couple of albacore tuna's.

    Can't wait for the bigger fish to put in an appearance!!

    Regards
    miles
     

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  19. jt2hunt

    jt2hunt Senior Member

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    Miles? Where is the video of you riding that great white in the earlier pictures? Seems like you could have just eased out and grabbed a fin?
     
  20. miles

    miles Senior Member

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    Hiya

    As most of you already know, i'm ADDICTED to Blue Water Hunting!!! The months when you can't get out to the deep is littered with excursions to the local reefs and smaller pelagics, all just to satisfy the "NEED"!!!

    Well, tuna season has FINALLY arrived and last week i managed to spear the first Yellowfin Tuna for the season. A nice 50kg fish. Not a bad start!!!

    So, all preparations began in ernest. Saturday, 26 March 2005, saw me launch the boat at 6:00am. After some bad weather reports from other spearo's, i double check bouyweather.com , which still showed good weather. So off we went. Two hours later, we arrive at the Tuna grounds, only to find a FLAT and WINDLESS sea!!!!!! Pure bliss!!!!

    Since it was Easter weekend, all the longliners and trawlers were in the harbour, so locating tuna in 400m deep water, in the wide ocean, was quite challenging. Out comes the 30lb fishing tackle and the trolling lures. Pretty soon we're into a 45kg YF tuna. The fish is boated, but by the time i get into the water, the school had left. A while later, we run into some Albacore and after some chumming, i manage to raise the school next to the boat. I get my wife kitted up and we jump in. we've got a school of Albacore tuna of at least 50 fish milling around the boat. I'm using my meduim 63" mid-handled woodie, which is OVERKILL for Albacore, but am looking for YF tuna beneath them. After about 20minutes, with no sign of YF's, i fetch my new 120cm RA Carbon with reel. My wife is using my 115cm Carbon Apex with reel and floatline (just in case a YF swims by!!). She had loads of fun whacking those Albacore.

    After about an hour in the water, and getting stung badly by blue bottles, i get back into the boat. We leave the school of Albacore and go searching for YF's. A couple of miles later, then echo sounder shows a good sign. I jump in.............finally.........YF TUNA!!!!!!!!!

    I managed to take two fish from that school, both weighing in at 51 and 55kg's!!! Unfortunately, by now, there are more than 10 Blue Sharks around the boat. Smallish sharks up to about 2.5m, with a brilliant blue colour. Very pesky buggers, that are not detered by poking them with a spear or pushing them away with the gun. Generally when they appear, you tend to find another school as they'll just eat up all your chum. I spend some time just diving with them (they're relatively harmless) and then i spot a small Mako. Also about 2.5m long. Was amazing to see how the Blue sharks would keep well clear of the Mako. Another amazing sight was watch ALL the blue sharks come up and check out my motors stainless steel propellors!!! They were fascinated by it and would leave it alone!!!!

    The day ended well, 21degrees water, 30-40m viz in places, no wind, quite a flat sea, 3 Yellowfin Tuna of 45-55kg's (two shot and one caught on rod and reel), 14 Albacore (longfin tuna) ranging from 8-16kg's and two bonitto.

    Ran back home at almost 30knots with over 300kg's of fish on board as well as myself, my wife and another crew member(buggy boy). Not too shabby for a 6.5m Semi Rigid with 2x50hp 4strokes yamaha's!!!

    Until next weekend......

    Regards
    miles
     

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