Jaguar strikes gold
127.7kg Big Eye Tuna taken on Obsession !
Anton and friends joined us for an offshore tuna fishing charter on saturday. Sea conditions were good but the fishing proved to be tough on the day, the first day out after a 5 day SE blow. All was quiet until at 1:05pm we had a double hookup on the back lines. The one rod was smashed as the line broke before we were even able to take the rod out of the holder, the first time this has happened to us which begs the question just how big was that tuna? The second hookup stuck and after a 35 minute fight under the guidance of skipper Alistair and veteran assistant Nick we managed to boat a magnificent big eye tuna. Even without a scale onboard the guys knew this fish was way over 100kgs, the biggest big eye taken onboard Obsession!
The cleaned weight of the big eye was 110.18kg on the scale. Using a conversion factor of 1.25 (http://www2.mar.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fisheries/res/imp/98othon.html) based on sampling conducted by the US Observer Program and endorsed by ICCAT for estimating big eye tuna round weights (actual weight of tuna before cleaning) from dressed weights (cleaned weight of tuna), the round weight or actual weight of our big eye is 137.7 kgs. However this includes the weight of the head and tail which the dressed weight in the formula does not include. Taking off 10 kgs for the head and tail the fish’s official weight is 127,7kgs.
Snoek at Dassen on Addiction
Due to strong SE winds putting pay to any chance of getting offshore this week, Cyril decided to join us fishing onboard Addiction at Dassen Island. Its uncanny just how good the weather can be at Dassen many days when the SE wind is tormenting the peninsula… We were lucky to view about 30 Humpback whales over the course of the morning in close proximity to the boats and to top it all we also caught a few snoek.