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SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby Drewboy » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:59 pm

A couple of weeks ago I thought to myself, I'd like to scale right down to see what it would be like to catch a small snapper on my lightweight whiting rig.
But seriously, I gave it away as an idea of pure whimsy.
Today I got onto the job of going for the snaps on the big rod and at the same time trying for the occasional KG on the "Dropshot" rod with Diawa Lecalis 2000 reel w/10 lb braid and 8lb leader.
Solatree and Squidley had already recorded some interesting catches prior to my friend Ian and I arriving.
However, I'll let Andy and Chris insert their story if they wish.
After a pair of nice KG's came aboard for me, Ian found himself with a real handful to deal with.
His rod was telling us all that he and it were being tested by something a little larger than usual.
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79cm... Not bad for his third time out fishing for snapper.
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Then Andy and Chris headed home with some great catches also, and shortly after that, a good snap(60cm) jumped onto my bigger rod.
Then my idle dreaming from weeks ago suddenly morphed into reality.
Old Dood had had a similar experience recently and that was what had probably triggered my imagination.
My whiting rig took off in a northerly direction attached to something that I'd never felt on that rod before and no matter how much line I wound back, I knew I was in for a long but careful fight as it truly stripped any retrieved line rapidly.
Letting slip the anchor was first on my agenda as my yak was facing south.
A 180degree turn and making some good ground, I was now a 100metres away from my anchor float.
A fair bit of circle work followed, and at the same time a determination to at least get colour.
10 minutes later and glorious red and white flashed near the surface... with my net resting in the water and then seeing my yak, it dived back to the bottom rapidly.
Then gradually starting the process again and with out rushing things it was finally worn out as I had colour on the surface and into the net and onto the yak very smartly.
A big sigh followed by stunned amazement at just how small the hook was that held onto this 69cm Snapper.

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Size 3 circle hook!!!
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Great day all round really, especially as the whiting(thanks to wonderful wife with great beer batter skills) went down beautifully just before I wrote this post. :D
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Re: SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby Geoffw » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:05 pm

What can I say? bloody awesome.
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Re: SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby solatree » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:09 pm

Well done Drew and Ian ! Great fish all around.
Drewboy wrote:Solatree and Squidly had already recorded some interesting catches prior to my friend Ian and I arriving.
However, I'll let Andy and Chris insert their story if they wish.

Prior to Drew and Ian arriving, I got Splashed, Shagged, Snapped, Shitted & Swallowed - plenty of expletives -
solatree wrote:One of them was in admiration at Ian's fish - which he landed without net or lip grippers. It was a hand under the gills job - and the leader had frayed so much it snapped as we tried to remove the hook. Hopefully Drew has some photos to add.

Here's the rest of the report - viewtopic.php?f=17&t=56286
regards Andrew

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Re: SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby Ado » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:11 pm

And I get flathead snapping 2/0 jig heads. I always fish 10lb braid and leader. Am I doing something else wrong?
Great report Drewboy and a cracker red one.
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Re: SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby Squidley » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:16 pm

Haha wow, Ian's going to get some weird ideas about what fishing's like with all the trips like this :D That's a beautiful fish! And what a thrilling catch that snacking snap of yours was.

I got this 62 cm model:
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But after short-roping my anchor twice trying to line up with Solatree and having one layer too few under my spray jacket I headed in. Great stuff, guys.
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Re: SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby solatree » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:22 pm

Bloody nice fish Chris - You kept quiet about that - thats bigger than you thought at first isn't it ? Well done. Pretty amazing morning all around really - what with the fog rolling in, shags, dolphins - jumping catfish thingy - and all four of us getting 60cm+ fish !
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Re: SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby Squidley » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:31 pm

Yeah, that was a memorable trip. It was pretty cool seeing Ian and Drew emerge from the fog.
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Re: SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby Drewboy » Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:35 pm

Squidley wrote:Haha wow, Ian's going to get some weird ideas about what fishing's like with all the trips like this :D That's a beautiful fish! And what a thrilling catch that snacking snap of yours was.

I got this 62 cm model:


Nice Snap Chris... Sorry you had to leave prematurely.
You're right on the money with the whole concept of Ian landing amongst the big fishs so soon.
The many hours spent getting to where we are currently makes for a sense of enormous satisfaction when finally things fall into place.
And things can only get better.
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Re: SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby Zilch » Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:55 pm

Sensational ! ! ! :D

Well done to all.

Great post Drew 8)

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Re: SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby Batron » Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:15 am

Drew...... Awsome Dude and great post to . thanks. :shock:
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Re: SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby kayakone » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:53 pm

"... Diawa Lecalis 2000 reel w/10 lb braid and 8lb leader."

The reel I can believe, even the braid, but the leader is too light, and the hook is ridiculous. :shock: :shock:

Was that a circle hook? Size? Anyway, excellent patience in playing the fish, and with the leader like that, and, a bit of luck thrown in.

Congrats to all SA snap catchers. Truly amazing to get so many large fish in one day.



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Re: SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby ArWeTherYet » Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:09 pm

The Snapps are going off in SA. I can remember when I first joined this forum that the SA guys were lamenting that the Snapper grounds were too far out to paddle to, seems that they come in close to.

Nice fish, well done.

"2000 reel w/10 lb braid and 8lb leader" Same same. Sometimes I'll drop down to 6lb leader when I'm feeling game.
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Re: SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby Drewboy » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:02 pm

"AreWeTherYet" wrote
"2000 reel w/10 lb braid and 8lb leader" Same same. Sometimes I'll drop down to 6lb leader when I'm feeling game.

:)That would be tempting fate for me.
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Re: SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby Squidley » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:05 pm

I bet most of the fish's lip was thicker than the gap in that hook. Good thing the line wasn't strong enough to straighten it out :D
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Re: SA metro 4/8/2012... Did that really happen?

Postby Drewboy » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:06 pm

kayakone wrote:"... Diawa Lecalis 2000 reel w/10 lb braid and 8lb leader."

The reel I can believe, even the braid, but the leader is too light, and the hook is ridiculous. :shock: :shock:

Was that a circle hook? Size? Anyway, excellent patience in plating the fish, and with the leader like that, and, a bit of luck thrown in.

Congrats to all SA snap catchers. Truly amazing to get so many large fish in one day.



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Yep, Hence the title... "Did that really happen?" I'm still pinching myself.

Thanks for the compliment kayakone, but I think there was a good amount of luck involved. One real burst of frantic energy and I wonder if it would have broken the braid or leader easily.
I'm still getting over the hook that did it. Size 3 circle.
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