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17/18 July Snoek

We ran two successful snoek charters friday and saturday making the most of the absolutely superb weather. On Friday apart from catching quota on the snoek we hooked into a estimated 400kg bronze whaler shark and fought it for an hour and forty five minutes. During the fight the huge shark came to the surface three times and we were able to get a good look at it. Eventually it snapped the line right next to the boat. I have seen a few big bronzies but this one was definately the biggest one we have ever hooked.

Saturday we also caught some good snoek.


1 July 09 Pelagic

After boarding Obsession, now based in Hout Bay, we ventured offshore in search of a trawler. The sea was flat we had a very gentle swell, hardly noticeable and a slight chop on the water. Capt. Dave was at the wheel, skippering his 321 pelagic trip.

We picked up two trawlers on Obsession’s radar and found the first trawler 32 nautical miles out of Hout Bay.  As usual we were there for the net pull and had great views of the pelagic birds in a feeding frenzy only meters in front of us. Everyone had a great trip.

Our species checklist:

Shy albatross (200) Black browed albatross (40),  Atlantic yellownosed albatross (1), Northern giant petrel (3),  Southern giant petrel (2),  White chinned petrel (300), Sooty shearwater (100), Antartic prion (35), Gannets (500), Skua (15), Pintado petrel (30), Wilsons storm petrel (100), Cape Gulls (50), Common tern (30)

Where Two Oceans Meet