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 Posted: Tue Dec 1st, 2015 11:24 am
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Ant86
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Location: Deep South, Jhb, South Africa
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Equipment: A tin of Lucky Star and a bottle of Rum
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Awesome Cam, thanks for the report and pics

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 Posted: Thu Dec 10th, 2015 09:27 pm
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Cam Mundy
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Joined: Tue Jul 21st, 2009
Location: Saint Lucia
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Equipment: Popping and jigging gear
Best Catch: GT
Favorite Fishing Spot: Indian Ocean
Boat: Various center consoles
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The Singapore boys Joy Gek Chen Lim, Nick lee, JasonTan  and  Tan lee hen where our last group of November they guys had fished with us previously in Trincomolee and Kirinda so they were stoked to be back and came prepared for battle withlots of questions about the GT bite, unfortunately I didn’t have many answers! My previous group had the misfortune of fishing some truly abominable green water which had turned the fishing off and I was coming off a 2 day break, Nico was busy with a group who were Jigging more than popping and having such a great time catching Amberjack they hadn’t hit the shallows much so news was pretty scarce! With all this in mind a battle plan was formed to pull a long shift the next day working a search pattern along the 8 km stretch of Great Bassa’s reef hitting previously productive spots as well as some of the spots we hadn’t fished much, it was a slog but the guys toughed it out luckily the water colour had improved dramatically which made all the difference in the world we had quite a few fish come up and hit the lures but they were some seriously rascally rabbits and we didn’t manage to boat any, this proved to be an unlucky trend for us the whole trip as we had great topwater hits each day for the length of the trip but only managed to convert a small portion of them. After the first day we had a better idea of what to expect so we adjusted our plan accordingly, the oceanic current was running at a massive rate and with the wind blowing in the same direction it knocked most of the deep jigging areas out of contention, the boat was drifting at 3 knots at some stages. So we started each day as far east as possible and drifted the length of the two reefs starting in the shallows around the light houses, where we picked up smaller GT’s, Blue fin Trevally, Bohar snapper and a fantastic Maori perch and ending off each day in the deeper sections looking for the bigger fish. The guys had some great Micro jigging gear with them which was put to use throughout the day when someone wanted a break from popping, the amount of fish and variety of species was pretty much astonishing we had hordes of Bluefin Trevally and other Trevally species, Snapper, perch, Triggerfish, Coral Trout, grouper and even a little Dogtooth. Micro Jigging is fast becoming favorite technique for me so when the guys volunteered a rod I was all over it! Everyone had a great laugh at my expense when I had my arse handed to me by a black tip trevally which took me almost 20 minutes to get to boat. I had a great time with the guys on a laughter filled trip and look forward to fishing with them again soon. Capt Cameron Mundy
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Last edited on Thu Dec 10th, 2015 09:29 pm by Cam Mundy

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