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Unread 01-16-2008, 01:51 AM
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Location: South Africa
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sounds like the techniques we use are fairly similar. We slide live baits, as well as large dead baits up to 3 pounds on occasion. Have a look at


for a better description than I could give of how we slide a bait. Another method is to swim a live bait like a 12 pound smaller shark by releasing him in the water pinned with a couple of big hooks. Let him swim out a couple of hundred yards and hold him in place, until something bigger and nastier spots him.

A 9 1/2 foot hammer is an awesome catch. Our larger hammers don't come that close to shore, but the lttle guy's (typically 40 to 50 pounds) put up a great fight. A 9 1/2 footer must have really tested you. Any tiger or Zambi is also a great catch. WOW !!

On our east coast we catch the odd Zambezi, and Tiger shark, but this is fairly specialised using large skates as bait with very heavy terminal tackle. Ideally you need to kayak out the bait . We also get hook ups with great whites, but it is very uncommon to land these monsters. I only heard of one great white being landed last year in South Africa, and that was a small shark of 240 pounds. We also get a lot of large ragged tooth sharks, quite a number in the region of 500 pounds are coming out, but they don't put up much of a fight. We also get grey sharks (the large guy's don't come close to shore, but there's plenty of smaller guy's around) and Black Fin shark, which are considered gamefish. Other monsters are large skates, rays and sand sharks.

The most fun we have is wading out to chest depth, sometimes a little deeper to get to a sand bank, to cast for greater distance in shark infested water.
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Unread 02-04-2008, 01:41 AM
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Reading theses posts really brought back memories- I left New Zealand in 1989 and ended up at one stage living in Swakopmund working on the Rossing Uranium mine as a contractor.
We used to drive up the beach at night with a bottle of port and cast just short of the kelp for barbel (large catfish).
The night skies were the clearest I have seen anywhere in the world, and if the fishing got busy and we stayed out all night the sunrises were unbelievable. Work that day wasn't.
I have often wondered what Swakop looks like now, back then it was a little slice of Imperial Germany. The beer was great though, I suppose that is what happens when you get Germans to settle a desert!

Hot barrels and tight lines
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Unread 02-07-2008, 01:45 AM
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Hi Ross,
I actually visited Rossing on a couple of occasions over the years trying to scoop some business. Swakopmund has changed from the dusty little town with salt roads to a real tourist mecca. Tarred roads, bars, nightclubs, dvd shops, ...
IMO it's lost a lot of it's old world charm. At least the beer's still good

Henties on the other hand is still Henties. Hardly changed. I'm off in 37 days (counting them down) for a 2 week fishing stint.
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