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South Africa trip
« on: June 17, 2019, 09:09:32 AM »
This is a few months after the fact, but I'm just now wrapping up going through photos and fish IDs. In March I went to South Africa with three of my species fishing buddies. We split our time between the east (Indian Ocean) and west (Atlantic Ocean) coasts, and I ended up with 67 new species for my lifelist.  Tigerfish was a huge bucket list fish that we wanted to catch, but other than that we were mostly racking up as many species as possible.

Photo album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/64436841@N04/albums/72157679616952348

For the last few days of the trip we hired a big game surf fishing guide in Struisbaai, a small town on the southern tip of the continent.  Here's the catches that you guys will be most interested in.

Lesser Guitarfish


Dusky Kob


Smoothhound


Ragged Tooth (Sand Tiger) - estimated at 286 lbs based on length


Keep 'em wet!


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I'll eventually write up more about gear and methods and other details, but for now I'll just post the pics.  It would be great if I could get caught up with my blog!

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Re: South Africa trip
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2019, 09:23:37 AM »
This is a few months after the fact, but I'm just now wrapping up going through photos and fish IDs. In March I went to South Africa with three of my species fishing buddies. We split our time between the east (Indian Ocean) and west (Atlantic Ocean) coasts, and I ended up with 67 new species for my lifelist.  Tigerfish was a huge bucket list fish that we wanted to catch, but other than that we were mostly racking up as many species as possible.

Photo album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/64436841@N04/albums/72157679616952348

For the last few days of the trip we hired a big game surf fishing guide in Struisbaai, a small town on the southern tip of the continent.  Here's the catches that you guys will be most interested in.

Lesser Guitarfish


Dusky Kob


Smoothhound


Ragged Tooth (Sand Tiger) - estimated at 286 lbs based on length


Keep 'em wet!


Smooth Hammerhead


I'll eventually write up more about gear and methods and other details, but for now I'll just post the pics.  It would be great if I could get caught up with my blog!

Sweet! Great pictures! I'm sending you a PM.

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Re: South Africa trip
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2019, 11:20:02 AM »
Wonder why they call it a Ragged Tooth??



Awesome trip Ben, and a great write up.  Congrats on adding more to the life list   8)
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Re: South Africa trip
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2019, 01:13:09 PM »
Awesome Ben! Still jealous of that ragged tooth. Maybe one day. One day 8)

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Re: South Africa trip
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2019, 01:31:53 PM »
Did you do any slide baiting? Iíve been doing it off the beach now and then and itís worked well.
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Re: South Africa trip
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2019, 02:11:45 PM »
Did you do any slide baiting? Iíve been doing it off the beach now and then and itís worked well.

No, still haven't tried it. We used three way rigs with sputniks.

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Re: South Africa trip
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2019, 02:15:08 PM »
Did you do any slide baiting? Iíve been doing it off the beach now and then and itís worked well.

No, still haven't tried it. We used three way rigs with sputniks.

So similar to what we do here? Also, that open mouth pic of the sand tiger is f'ing awesome!!!!!!!!! I would've pulled a tooth.
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Re: South Africa trip
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2019, 02:23:02 PM »
So similar to what we do here? Also, that open mouth pic of the sand tiger is f'ing awesome!!!!!!!!! I would've pulled a tooth.

Yeah not too different. Lighter line and wire leader though, and leader snelled to the hook instead of crimped.

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Re: South Africa trip
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2019, 04:42:56 PM »
Awesome trip! Was following along on IG  :o

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Re: South Africa trip
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2019, 07:52:16 PM »
That's just awesome stuff Ben.  That's some awesome stuff getting out to fish other parts of the world like you've been doing.  Very Cool.
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