Bronze Whaler

In the hopes of a PB and boy did I get one! having not caught any decent fish on the trip yet

In early October, two of my mates and I to take a trip to the Transkei, Coffee Bay area. It’s a place I personally had never visited prior to this, so it was a trip I was super keen for. During the ten days we were there, we did everything from throwing plugs for Garrick to throwing and sliding baits for any grey shark/dusky sharks or even a hammer in the area. With no bigger fish on the bite and having only caught a few smaller hammerheads, the last day of our trip brought an unexpected surprise.

The weather that day was pearler with flat seas and sunny skies. A much welcomed surprise after braving heavy winds, torrential downpour, and clay like mud because of the downpour through the entire trip. I decided to drone out a big bait in the hopes of a PB and boy did I get one! having not caught any decent fish on the trip yet. After an hour of the bait sitting in the water, the rod flew out of the rod spike, and I found myself scaling down the rocks to grab the rod before it flew into the ocean. Once the fish was hooked, I fought it down the point and around the right-hand side to a bay, a good 2km walk before we managed to land her after about a 45-minute fight. A decent 140kg Bronze whaler shark. A first for me of this species and a current PB as well. The highlight of my trip and made the trip well worth it!

Tackle used: Penn international lever drag, 100lb grinder braid, Poseidon HMG 12oz, 14/0 BKK monster circle and Sportex Big Game Leader.

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