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 Posted: Thu Sep 28th, 2017 02:21 pm
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Congrats Willem, those are some solid fish

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 Posted: Thu Sep 28th, 2017 03:51 pm
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Yeah nice fish! Are you catching the fish over sand or are there reefs out there? Must have revved you lekker..

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 Posted: Tue Oct 3rd, 2017 01:55 pm
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sorry for the late reply...... was down there again over the weekend.

reefs are around but mostly open beech. so not much of a risk
yip was a nice fight.

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 Posted: Tue Oct 3rd, 2017 01:58 pm
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Ok....just a update of another trip.
Last for me for the year.
I would very much like to stay there until end of November but work does not allow for that. so here goes......

I arrived at St lucia on Friday morning 29 September 2017.
Had a shot in the afternoon with some dead shad I had.

not much happened apart from the north Easter howling like mad.
shad was not around and I knew...... it was going to be a long walk trip..

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30 September 2017.....this was yet again.... a good day for fishing......

I had walked alone early to maphelane to make sure that bait was sorted. on my way there I was cooled off with a light drizzle which was welcome.
it was the last day for catching shad.
I did manage 4 shad in total.
1 was a real buss with the other being just size.

with live bait sorted I left to my chosen fishing spot.
in total we had 5 pulls for the day.
of which we landed 3x fish.

here the wife with a small black tip shark of about 6kg.
this was the 2nd fish for the day.

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On 1st October 2017 we set off again early morning for maphelane.
We had to see if we could get some live bait in the bay.
The water is quite calm there as it is silted up badly on the outer edges.
so bait would not mind....if the big fish cannot get to them.

we did manage to get some live bait.
the rods were set out and the long wait started.
in total we had 3x pulls.
2x being sharks.
1 fish was a unknown. it was a strong fish though.
it went out quickly and before we looked, 300 meters were gone.
without braid on the reel we had to turn the screws more.
eventually the dropper loop knot failed at the hook.

the trace was inspected later and it was found to be smooth.
so clearly not a shark, too fast for a flatty.

either another GT or a big sandie....we can only speculate....lekker ne of the one that got away.

later we found some more live bait. these were set out for the afternoon but there were no takers.....that is fishing....gents.

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2nd October 2017

I slept late this morning as the long walks keep adding up to the bones....
ok, I had bait and even dead bait works great.

the rods were set out and the wait started.
while waiting....I had to search for some action, so I took my spinning rod and threw a tin s-bend spoon.

when spinning one would anticipate a strike which normally never occurs....and just then when your mind wonders off and something attracts your attention the strike comes.

the strike is instantaneous/ reflex strike.
the fight was hard and short, but this fight was very much different to what was expected from normal live bait fights.

so about 45 seconds later I landed this nice salmon of about 75cm.
not my first on spoon, but my biggest to date.
and what is interesting, is that they nail you in the white water wash.
this 1 I kept as salmon are great eating.

the dead baits never produced.... most likely because of the spot I chose....water was great but fish was absent.

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30 September continued.

The last fish for the day was a hammerhead which decided to take the shad.
again the wife wanted in on the action.
so I gave her the rod. I fitted my bucket on her and left her to do all by herself.

so, having a purglass 400/4 in your hands you will quickly realise that this rod does not bend/ give to assist you......it stays straight which means that you are feeling the deep burn in the fight.

she has been watching me over the years so she knows how to do it, but practical is always different from just watching.
the reel was a daiwa saltiest 40 and it is filled to the brim.
she was informed that the line had to be wound up nice as it would not fit if bunched up.

I must say, that she did a excellent job of it.
one could see that the rod was way to heavy for her as she is not used to such a big rod.
she would just normally spin for shad.

at time the hammer did ref her properly in the wash. when she managed to land it I had a look at her hands and they were very red from applying force on the rod "holding on"

Wel gedaan my engel.
dis dalk die eerste een vir nou.....maar daars nog baie wat wag!!!!
glo my.

ok here she is with her hammer

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ok, the best for last.
I kept you drooling long enough

30 September 2017.

like I stated I had caught a buss of a shad.
and as always.....size does not matter or does it?
but bait can never be too big, that is clear.

in any case, it was just about 07:45 when my rod suddenly dipped.
I was busy spinning for a possible kingie on spoon so I was not close to the rod.
as I ran up to the rod, it bumped it again, in my stupidity I released the clutch completely and nearly found myself with a overwind.

ok rod in had, half overwind sorted but nothing.
I hold the rod.....and with nothing happening I got that strange idea that another Garrick took the bait but dropped it.


so I decided to reel in the line and check the bait.
as I reeled in the bow of line, the line suddenly became tight and the fish screamed off to the deep.

it was running at a nice steady pace to the back line on a slight drag.
in the distance I also noticed that my wife and daughter were making their way to me "they came later in the morning"

the fight was nice and steady, the fish did not panic and nor did I.
it was interesting to see how the fish ran out to the deep where it got to a sand bank. it then followed the bank until it found the opening in the back line.

with the gap there the fish took it and made his way out deeper, until such point where he felt save.
with the fish feeling save he just sat there for a while.
there were also some bird action around the area of the gap in the back line and I was worried that my line might be bitten off.
a couple of times my wife asked when I was going to turn the screws on the fish, as he was constantly taking line, I was relaxed and knew that I should have enough line.

in total the fish was about 290 meters out and just stopped before going into my braid.


then, suddenly just like that the fish decided he had enough and I was able to start bringing him in.
he came closer at a steady pace and eventually a had him at the lip.
another few waves and he was on a sand back lying on his side.
there his fins broke the surface and I could see that it was a fish "a GT of all" and not another shark.

another few waves and I had him in the gulley.

in the gulley he swam so effortlessly. what a sights to just see him slowly cruising in the gulley.

another couple of waves and he was landed only then did I realize how big he was.

a few pics were taken and he was released.
it was nice to see him swim away strongly and a nice video clip was made.

the fish was measured on the rod and later came to 122,5cm fork length. according to the calculator convertor "rob Kyle it came to 35,7kg.

so another biggie for me.
I said....... no bait is ever too big....and big fish, like big baits.

here is a couple of pics.






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trying to lift a kingie of this size is not easy!!!!
the gills could cut your hands badly and you might injure the fish.
this fish does bite hard, so no hands in the mouth.
the scutes on the tail is also a concern.

the fight was close to 40-45 minutes. awesome indeed.
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ag neewat, water toe met jou.

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Uitstekend, baie geluk, goed om te sien daar is nog sulke groot kings daar

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Geluk ou maat, dit is waarvan drome gemaak word!!! Jy mag maar!!!(ni(ce(fish)((ni(ce(fish)((ni(ce(fish)((ni(ce(fish)((ni(ce(fish)(

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thanks julle.

daars nog baie....ek weet

dis net om hulle te haak en te land

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Congrats Pottie, that's an awesome Kingie esp from shore(ni(ce(fish)(

Did you slide the shad live?

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Awesome, baie geluk!!

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yip, a donkey of all!!!!!

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Been browsing all along, but now I am part of the family....ok have been in a way.

We went down to St lucia, to sort out the flat.
We could only manage 2x short sessions.

1st session was 31st in the morning.
not much was going on.
water temp was down to 21 degrees.

that afternoon we went down for another short session.
just before sunset all hell broke loose.

just like that, the fish switched on and they were feeding.

I had my first pull of the trip, a suspected shark pick up the bait and ran out to the deep.

eventually the nylon trace parted, along with dad's R50 of hooks.......

I did slide another dead shad which we had.

not long and the rod went down.
a short fight it was indeed.

I managed my first real yellow tail kingfish, aka, black tip kingfish.

the fish was not weighed so weight is unknown.

a quick pick of the fish and I released it.
30 seconds later, I saw the fish did not return but washed up again.

so I quickly grabbed it and again tried releasing it in the waves which were deep enough, and again this fish decided that it wanted to commit suicide!!!!

Damm!!!

ok, 3rd time lucky, this time the fish was released in much deeper water.

the old man stood by, to make sure that the fish did not beech itself again.

this time it stayed in the water...

ok here is a pic, not big at all, but the 1st of many to come!!!

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mooi so!!!

bly hy swem weer, daai GT kom nog.

Hou net aan probeer

soos alles in die lewe, kom dit met tyd !

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