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Old 05-05-2007, 00:54   #1
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My exciting introduction to the sea...

A few years back I bought a 17' power boat for pleasure and a bit of off shore fishing. On my first fishing trip out as a licensed skipper I had a real eye opener of a day.
Just as we headed out, my starboard outboard stopped. I lifted the outboard to find a submerged rope wrapped around it. About 15 minutes of grovelling half over the side and I had managed to free the rope and pull the rest of it aboard, so that I could dispose of it ashore.
25 minutes later we had dropped the anchor and had just started some bottom fishing, discussing how that rope had been left in the water, when we spotted 2 whales heading directly towards us from shore. The manual says "in the event that whales are headed towards you, start your engines to let them know that you are there. Whales have no interest in you and they will change course".... RIGHT!!!
So I started the engines and the whales disappeared out of sight. I left the engines running for a while and then saw 2 whales heading North about 500mtrs away, so I presumed that these were the 2 whales and started praising the manual... and promptly switched the engines off.
Not even 30 seconds after switching off the engines, EVERYONE on the boat suddenly had HUGE fish on the ends of their lines... or so they thought. The whales that we though had gone north were not the ones that were originally heading towards us!! These 2 (inquisitive youngsters) were under the boat and had tangled in our fishing lines and ALSO our anchor line.... and we were being dragged!! Everyone cut their fishing lines and I rushed forward to cut the anchor rope and as I began to cut, they managed to get free and we stopped moving.... but not after they had dragged us about 400mtr according to my GPS. This was scary.... especially as it was my first trip in command.
We were all chatting about it, having dropped lines again and I hook something that is really powerful. Being an old fisherman, I can generally tell by the way the fish is fighting, more or less, what is on the end of the line. This time I had NO idea. It ran away from me at first and took about 200mtrs of line..... AND THEN.... it started coming back..... in a straight line.... straight at the boat. I was realing like hell trying to keep the line taught and was really doing a bad job as the "thing" was moving too fast.
It went under the rear of the boat and surfaced ahead. My son was going ballistic!! It was a HUGE Leatherback Turtle and he was totally shocked by the size of it. Luckily it spat out the hook and got away. One does not want to harm them.
What an eventful day, we thought... one of those that we would speak about in the future on many occasions.
AND THEN....
on the way back to the ski boat club... a kingfish of just under 1mtr in length jumped into the boat!!! Where have you ever seen this happen before We nearly all jumped out of the boat because it was rather large and slapping itself all over the place. The thing is.... we started wondering why it had jumped out of the water and into our boat and figured that something bigger must have been chasing it.... so we decided that we would rather take our chances with the kingfish on board. We could not contain it and after a minute or so, which seemed like about 7 days...managed to help it over the side to prevent it from causing damage to our equipment on the boat.
Now that was an adrenaline rush!!! It brought new meaning to me about "Being Prepared for the Unexpected"! The guys at the club thought... and many still think we were pulling their leg... I only wish it had been caught on camera. After that I went out prepared for almost EVERYTHING.... and a camera.... but since that day... nothing as "exciting" has ever happened again.
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Old 05-05-2007, 02:09   #2
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I suspect that your next fishing trip was made with some trepidation - especially by the crew (or was it a solo trip!)
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Absolutely.... with eyes in the back of our heads.... and on this next outing we never saw a thing, never experienced anything untoward and we did not even catch one solitary fish Just goes to show!!
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Aloha Bean,
Great story. Thanks.
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It was how big ??? ;-) :-)
Hard to believe, I'll believe ya........
thousands wouldn't, but I'll believe ya ;-)

I reckon those whales would have known you were there motor running or not. They were just playing with ya.
What kinda whales do you think they were? If the were Orca, they maybe chasing the fish on and around your line. I doubt' the really big whales would go after individual fish, unless you had large schools of bait fish below as well. Which is possible. Whales can round up fish into large schools and then you get other large preditors like the Kingfish hanging around.
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I had a ~50' blue follow my 24' boat (previous life, not Sunspot Baby) for a while. Got some good video. When he/she sounded and departed, I missed his/her compmay.

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It was how big ??? ;-) :-)
Hard to believe, I'll believe ya........
thousands wouldn't, but I'll believe ya ;-)

I reckon those whales would have known you were there motor running or not. They were just playing with ya.
What kinda whales do you think they were? If the were Orca, they maybe chasing the fish on and around your line. I doubt' the really big whales would go after individual fish, unless you had large schools of bait fish below as well. Which is possible. Whales can round up fish into large schools and then you get other large preditors like the Kingfish hanging around.
Hi Alan.
They were juvenile humpbacks. I realised that they were just curious... but still... I was wondering just how curious they would get nevertheless.


About a month later we went to Zongoene Lodge on the mouth of the Limpopo River in Mozambique on a 2 week vacation. Since we could launch through the mouth, I took the boat with so we could do some deep sea fishing and had one really great day fishing. 12 Barracuda, 1 sea pike and a king fish of "almost 1 mtr"


Here is a view looking towards the beach bar as we entered the mouth on the way back in.



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Great story mate.
We had an Orca rub under our 25ft trailer sailer once after I pizzd him off following him. Then he came up the other side and did a "free willy" jump upside down out of the water. My wife was climbing the mast to get away like a possum, abusing me "I told you to keep away from them"
I will scan and post the photos some time. I took them on an old steam model camera but do have the proof
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That sounds real cool Darryl. I can jsut imagine Paula. She'd do a great walk on water impression in a situation like that.
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Nup, she was like a possum up a tree.
Remind me to scan and post the photos here. Have had too many rums tonght. Got lost going to the loo last round
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hmm and your wife has to sleep in the bed too?
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Na, went in the pot plant.
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