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 Posted: Thu Nov 6th, 2008 10:21 am
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Eckart
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Something I have just learnt recently (I have to say that I have only been spearing for a short time and I learn something new every time I get into the water). Anyway, back to what I learnt: I found that it's sometimes best to give the fish the upper hand when it comes to hiding, they feel a bit more secure. I'll use a recent example: I knew there was a school of about 5-6 biggisch galjoen in the area. There was a large rock with kelp on top and slightly to the right about 4m away 2-4 medium sized rocks. so I dived down and lay in the "valley" and sure enough they come and hung behind the smaller rocks and couldn't resist taking a closer look since they thought they had the upper hand regarding the structure...big mistake! managed to bag my biggest Galjoen this way.
It also seems that if you have the upper hand when it comes to hiding the first time the fish sees you it will bolt where if the fish has the upper hand it seems to be a bit more confident.
What do you guy think?

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 Posted: Thu Nov 6th, 2008 02:36 pm
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Drenalinjunkie82
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Also "ignore" the fish. It is amazing how an animal or fish can sense it's being hunted.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 6th, 2008 04:36 pm
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Drenalinjunkie82 wrote: Also "ignore" the fish. It is amazing how an animal or fish can sense it's being hunted.

This is freeeeeky but true. The best belman that I have shot was while I was struggling hard not to look at it. I point my gun in the right direction and then started wafting some sand around with my left hand. The belman immediately came in to have a look. I turned quickly and shot it broadside.

I think I was behaving more like a stingray than one of its predators.

The really sweet thing was that the wife and I were staying at the Arniston Hotel for our anniversary and they lived up to their reputation of being  a true old fashioned coastal hotel.

Walked into reception covered in scales and fish blood and asked if they could call the chef.

He arrived and I asked if he might indulge us by preparing my catch for dinner.

He didn't flinch. He simply asked my room number and whether I would like chips or rice and asked "what time we would be dining". I don't know if they guy is still there but that type of service is rare.

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